What We Do

Grounded in research. Powered by a network of advocates.

NC Child advances strategies and policies to ensure all NC children grow up in a state that truly invests in their potential.


Our Focus Areas

We’re working to build a stronger North Carolina by focusing on these key opportunities for children and their families. This is what’s possible for all children: 

High Quality Early Childhood Education

Healthy Children

Nurturing Homes and Communities

Family Economic Security

Explore Our Research & Insights

For our team to be effective, we have to learn from the people who live the issues every day. We hope these resources will support your work for North Carolina’s children.

Current Campaigns

Many children across our state face significant barriers that affect their wellbeing, Too many kids and families face discrimination because of their race, ethnicity, and place of birth. NC Child wants every child to have the chance to thrive. Here are a few of the current campaigns we’re working on, together with our partners: 
Social Emotional Health

NC Initiative on Young Children’s Social Emotional Health

We seek to build a robust, evidence-based, and accessible early childhood social-emotional health system in North Carolina.

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Health Care Can't Wait

Families Can't Wait for Care

Since the pandemic began, hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians have lost their jobs – and health insurance. It’s time for state leaders to act.

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Lead Free NC

Lead is Harmful for Children

Some NC kids have unacceptable levels of lead in their bodies, putting them at risk. Eliminating exposure to lead means healthier brain development.

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Early Childhood Ed.

Child Care is Essential

North Carolina can’t go back to work without child care. Access to strong early childhood programs is critical for child development, & for NC’s working families.

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How You Can Join Us

Be a part of the solution! Take action to support kids.