Our Top 5 Blogs of 2019

By: Fawn Pattison | December 2019

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Looking back at 2019, here are some of our top blogs from the year. We’ve picked out some of our favorite moments in case you missed them, or just want to read them again. 

From great news about clean water for young children, to first-person stories of early childhood teachers struggling to stay afloat with no health coverage, to the inspiring voices of teens advocating for themselves and their peers, we are proud to share this roundup of the year’s best stories with you.  

Child Poverty in North Carolina: Three-part series
by Whitney Tucker, NC Child Research Director
January 16, 2019

This is the first in a three-part series on understanding Child Poverty in North Carolina. Each of these three blogs includes printable pdf fact sheets to print and share. The series includes Part I, the Scope of the Problem, Part II, Economic Mobility, and Part III, Investing in What Works. 


Voices from NC’s Coverage Gap: Early Childhood Educators
by Rob Thompson, NC Child Deputy Director
March 20, 2019

A new release from NC Child highlights the plight of many who work in early childhood education: no access to health coverage. In this video blog, early childhood educators share what it means for them to live without access to affordable health care. The accompanying fact sheet details why statewide, one in five early childhood educators lacks health insurance.


The key to saving mothers’ and babies’ lives is in our hands – will we use it?
by Dr. Sarah Verbiest, UNC Jordan Institute for Families
May 29, 2019

We have one goal in mind: to bring the best evidence and strategies to North Carolina to prevent maternal and infant death and sickness. Yet as hard as we work to maximize limited resources and build new partnerships, we continue to tread water while the current of growing racial inequities pushes us back. Babies and mothers still die at a higher rate in the US than in any other developed nation. Black families suffer at three times the rate white families do in North Carolina. A new policy brief from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families gave me new hope about the potential of Medicaid expansion to turn the tide here in North Carolina.


New rule will help get lead out of child care water
by Vikki Crouse, NC Child Health Program Associate
October 2, 2019

More than 230,000 babies and young children attend licensed child care centers in North Carolina. New rules adopted by the NC Commission for Public Health will ensure that all of those children are drinking water that is free from hazardous lead contamination.


Why advocate? Youth Advocacy Council members share their stories
by Fawn Pattison, NC Child Communications Director
November 20, 2019

“I’ve always been the kind of person who wants to make a change in the world. I want to do something that’s going to impact other people.” –Angela Kasyoka, Wake County sophomore and member of the NC Child Youth Advocacy Council. Read our interview with two high school students working to make a positive impact on others in their own communities. 


Thank you for your support of child advocacy in North Carolina. We couldn’t do this without you!