Learn more about our 2021 Think Babies™ NC Community Partner Micro-Grant Recipients!
The following organizations received micro-grants in April 2021 to support community advocacy efforts focused on infants, toddlers, their educators, and their families in North Carolina:
Black Child Development Institute-Charlotte Affiliate will use the Above and Below the Line (ABLe) Change Framework to launch an initiative focusing on family child care home providers, beginning with a training for a pilot group of providers incorporating intentional family engagement, infant-toddler issue education, leadership, and advocacy training. Moving forward, this project will also support the pilot group in leading smaller groups in their own communities in support of babies and families. This approach will ensure that voices and stories of under-represented populations are heard, collected, cataloged, and shared with policymakers across the state. All data collected through this process will be examined for use in a larger body of work entitled “The State of the Black Child Report Card.” They will also host virtual and drive-in screenings of “No Small Matter,” using social media to engage in community-wide conversation about infant-toddler issues examined in the film and in the Think Babies™ NC statewide campaign.
Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County will address the availability of infant-toddler child care in Dare county, which is an extreme child care desert. The situation has been exacerbated by COVID-19, particularly for low-income communities, and this project will assess current capacities of diverse families and child care providers through a survey. The results will be promoted through a public awareness campaign, including the production of a video, and will be used in advocacy efforts at the state and local level. They will also host a virtual showing of “No Small Matter” followed by a facilitated discussion and survey to inform priorities and next steps for families, providers, other policy stakeholders, and community leaders.
*Partnership for Children of Wayne County’s project will focus on the lack of high-quality, accessible, and affordable infant-toddler child care in Wayne County. They will host a Lunch and Learn Storytelling event featuring expectant mothers, as well as a social media campaign to engage parents, child care providers, local businesses, civic groups, education organizations, and local and state stakeholders. Information shared through the event and the social media campaign will focus on the current demographics regarding infants and toddlers, address a broad range of early childhood issues, and provide advocacy strategies to advance policies and programs that support babies and families in the community.
*Randolph County Partnership for Children will produce a short video to illustrate the connection between prioritizing children birth-age 3 and a strong workforce, community, and economy. The video will be hosted on YouTube, be embedded on agency websites, be shared directly with policymakers and business leaders, and be shared via social media. The video will also be aired on local cable and/or social media commercial sites. The video will include key points related to parent support, brain growth, equity, and quality care, and the target audiences are policymakers, business leaders, and the broader community.
*Rockingham County Partnership for Children will continue and expand the work of their Family Stakeholder Advisory Council to elevate and amplify family voices within their agency and community as a whole. The council has highlighted the needs of infants and toddlers in Rockingham County by sharing their stories through video and participating in community events. The council will meet monthly to build advocacy skills and discuss opportunities to actively participate in decision making and advocacy efforts with local and state policymakers. Participants in the Family Stakeholder Advisory Council are recruited and chosen based on their personal experience with historical and current racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and other systems of oppression, so that the individuals who are most impacted by inequities have an opportunity to make decisions about solutions to address these inequities.
*indicates a previous recipient of a Think Babies™ NC Community Partner Micro-Grant.