Celebrating Child Care Heroes: A Night with the Coalition

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Spend the evening with the NC Early Education Coalition, friends, and special guests as we celebrate our work together and recognize North Carolina’s champions for young children, their families, and their educators!

Purchase tickets now for our 2nd annual virtual event and fundraiser, Celebrating Child Care Heroes: A Night with the Coalition, on Thursday, June 16th from 7-8:30pm. Bring your favorite drink and join us for a virtual toast, door prizes, and the presentation of the 2022 Outstanding Early Education Advocate Awards.

We’re so excited to announce our keynote speaker for this event, Dr. Iheoma Iruka, Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute! Additional speakers will be announced soon.


  • $60 for non-members
  • $50 for a ticket + membership
  • $40 for Coalition members

Please consider making an additional donation to support the coalition and to provide a ticket to the event for an early educator or student. If you are an early educator or student who is interested in a scholarship in order to attend this event, please contact Azizi Culpepper at azizic@ncearlyeducationcoalition.org.

We can’t wait to spend an evening together with the best advocates we know! Click here or use the form below to purchase your tickets.

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The 2022 Outstanding Early Education Advocate Awards!

We created this award to honor and recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to advocate on behalf of young children, their families, their educators, and the early childhood system in North Carolina. This award will be presented to one individual in each of the following categories: an early education teacher, an early education center director/administrator/owner, a family child care provider, and a community leader. Click here to learn more about last year’s award winners.

We encourage you to nominate individuals who have been champions for early education in your community or at the state level! The criteria for selection include:
-Raising awareness about issues impacting early education. This can include sharing personal experiences through traditional media or social media, organizing other advocates around early education issues, speaking at events such as town halls or community meetings, and other forms of communication and public awareness.
-Informing and connecting with policymakers to increase their awareness of issues impacting early education.
-Taking direct action to advocate with policymakers for the needs of early educators, child care programs or young children and their families.

Nominations for the Outstanding Early Education Advocate Award will be accepted until Thursday, May 26, 2022. The awards will be presented at the Child Care Heroes event on June 16th. Please use the button below to nominate an outstanding advocate!

Nominate an Outstanding Advocate

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