Celebrating Child Care Heroes: A Night with the Coalition

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 virtual event and fundraiser, Celebrating Child Care Heroes: A Night with the Coalition, on Thursday, June 24th from 7-8:30pm. Bring your favorite drink and join us for a virtual toast, door prizes, and the presentation of the Outstanding Early Education Advocate Awards.

We’re so excited to announce our special guest speakers for this event!

  • Lea Austin, Director, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Ariel Ford, Director, NC Division of Child Development and Early Education
  • Tanya Dennis, Early Childhood Consultant


  • $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 Outstanding Early Education Advocate Awards!

*The deadline for nominations has passed. Be sure to purchase a ticket for Celebrating Child Care Heroes on June 24th to be there when we announce the winners!

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 program, and a community leader. 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.