Our History

NC Child was created on January 1, 2014 through a merger of Action for Children North Carolina and the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children, two organizations with a long history of effective advocacy for our state’s children.

Action for Children North Carolina

Action for Children North Carolina was founded in 1983 to ensure that North Carolina’s children were healthy, safe, well-educated, and had every opportunity for success in life.

Action for Children used research, data analysis, advocacy, and education to influence a broad cross-section of people and policymakers across the state. As the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT partner in North Carolina, Action for Children was the major source of research and data on North Carolina’s children, publishing the North Carolina Children’s Index, a profile of leading indicators on the health and well-being of North Carolina’s children. Action for Children was the first state advocacy group in the nation to develop an annual index identifying “leading indicators” of child well-being. Many other states have since followed Action for Children’s lead.

Action for Children’s advocacy also led to major progress in the health, education, safety, and economic security of North Carolina’s children.

The Covenant with North Carolina’s Children

The Covenant with North Carolina’s Children was founded in 1996 to give children a stronger voice at the state legislature. The Covenant was a membership-based organization composed of more than 50 service providers, professional associations, and other advocacy groups who worked together to identify the most pressing issues facing children and to take action on those issues. For nearly two decades, the Covenant employed a full-time lobbyist who played a major role in tackling the most important public policy decisions facing children.

To preserve the Covenant’s collaborative work, NC Child staffs and facilitates the Child Advocacy Network, which includes many former Covenant members.