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NC Child advances effective, data-driven policy solutions for a strong start in life, healthy children, safe and nurturing homes and communities, family economic security, and high-quality education. They provide research and data analysis, educate policy makers, engage the community, do media engagement and strategic communications, and coordinate the Child Advocacy Network.

State Allies:

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Top Priorities for 2021

Ensure continued access to telehealth for Early Intervention services and early childhood mental health services.

Develop and finalize the North Carolina Social-Emotional Health Policy Agenda through the North Carolina Initiative for Young Children’s Social-Emotional Health.

Ensure young children’s health insurance coverage and provision of health services is continuous and uninterrupted during the relaunch of Medicaid Transformation in 2021.

Protect the early childhood system from state budget cuts during the recession caused by fallout from COVID-19. This includes Smart Start and related programs.

North Carolina’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

House (R), Senate (R),
Governor (D)

467,920 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Because of the pandemic, families in North Carolina are suffering at an unprecedented level. Demand on food banks is at an all-time high. Normal support systems like schools, child care, summer camps, church, and even grandparent care are off-limits for many families. Against this backdrop, the North Carolina General Assembly conducted the 2020 “short” legislative session, wrapping up most business on June 26. Together with child advocates from across the state, allies called on the state’s leaders to move swiftly to provide much-needed relief to families.

NC Child’s 2020 legislative agenda focused on five major areas to help kids come through the COVID-19 pandemic: Child care, health care, hunger and nutrition, technology infrastructure, and child welfare.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the cover to go to the download page.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020
Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”
State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”
Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape North Carolina early childhood policy.