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2023 Child Health Report Card

April 2023

The North Carolina Child Health Report Card, published biannually by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and NC Child, tracks key indicators of child health and well-being in four areas:
Healthy Births
Access to Care
Secure Homes & Neighborhoods, and
Health Risk Factors

The report provides data on such health concerns and risk factors as asthma, teen births, infant mortality, poverty, and child deaths.

HB 343/SB 288: Improving Child Care Subsidy Rates

February 2023

Parents need choices for child care. Across the state, parents face a shortage of quality child care options, which has been made worse by the pandemic. Increasing the subsidy rates to the most recent statewide average rates can help child care centers stay open, or reopen, to serve more children & families who need care to go to work.

School Mental Health Professionals and the Child Mental Health Crisis

February 2023

Our children are facing a mental health crisis. It is incumbent upon our leaders to meet kids where they are, with effective support from trained professionals.

Health Care Can’t Wait: How Medicaid Expansion Helps Kids

February 2023

Increasing access to affordable health care is critical to ensuring healthy kids and families in North Carolina.

Boosting School Success: Removing Barriers to School Meals

February 2023

In North Carolina, 1 in 6 children struggle with hunger, which means they aren’t able to get enough food or they aren’t able to get enough healthy food. That’s over 400,000 children in our state. Yet 29% of those children do not qualify for free or reduced-price school meals because their family’s income is too high. Providing no-cost school meals can help.

2023 Legislative Agenda

January 2023

NC Child's 2023 Legislative Agenda is leading with four policy priorities that build family economic security, and safeguard youth mental health.

Making Early Care and Learning Affordable for Families

October 2022

Every year, tens of thousands of young children from low-income families benefit from North Carolina's early learning and care programs. This system supports the care, education, and healthy development of children living in poverty, prioritizing parental choice and children's individual needs. Unfortunately, due to funding rates & levels, the programs only reach a fraction of eligible children—putting child care and early learning out of reach for thousands of families who want to work and support their children. Learn about the various early care and learning programs that serve kids and families.

Understanding Legislative Advocacy for Children in North Carolina: A Guide to the General Assembly

September 2022

This tool empowers NC Child Child Advocacy Network (CAN) members by affording a greater understanding of the NC General Assembly, the legislative process, and the power brokers on Jones Street. Use these modules to educate yourself as an advocate in the civic engagement process on behalf of North Carolina children and their communities.

From Equity to Issue Campaigns: The Next Stop on the Road Map to Childhood Mental Health in North Carolina

June 2022

The EarlyWell Initiative is dedicated to identifying and advocating for solutions that build a working system to support all children’s mental health and development and allows them to thrive.

This report is designed to organize and categorize the problems and solutions identified by families and stakeholders over the last two years - building on our first report, "Lean In and Listen Up to Family Voices: A New Report to Strengthen Early Childhood Services."