Update for NC Child Supporters

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on NC families and how your support continues to shape our response

June 2021

This past year was one of the toughest years for kids and families in recent history. An estimated 40,000 children in this country lost a parent due to COVID-19.  Parents lost jobs, childcare, financial security. Children lost all sense of routine and normalcy.  School, sports, friends, community programs – all of it was upended. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with a legacy of systemic racism shined a light on longstanding disparities and inequities.

Thanks to your support, NC Child pivoted quickly to focus on urgent and emerging needs. We relied on our statewide network of advocates for children – parents, health providers, early education teachers, and community leaders – to keep us grounded in what was happening in communities across North Carolina. We asked you directly – What are you most worried about? What do you want to change for children and families? How can we help?

Your feedback continues to guide our policy priorities and legislative agenda in 2021. Your advice influences our collaborative work to move those priorities forward, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to share a brief update that highlights some of the legislative priorities we are working on this session.

Your generosity makes our work possible. With your continued support, every day is a new opportunity to create a better, more equitable future for children and families in North Carolina.

Thank you for being a voice for children. Together, we are making a difference for kids and families in NC.

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