Takeaways

The Care and Learning (CandL) Coalition is a collaboration between several North Carolina organizations, including the NC Early Childhood Foundation. The Coalition’s goal is to put quality, affordable childcare within reach for all North Carolina’s families, whatever their income or background. CandL seeks to ensure that early education teachers are paid fair wages and childcare providers earn enough to be sustainable in every community. Together, with parents and teachers, we are reimagining an early childhood education system that truly meets the needs of the families it serves.

Together with parents and teachers, we are reimagining an early childhood education system that truly meets the needs of the families it serves.

The Care and Learning (CandL) coalition is a collaboration between several North Carolina organizations, including the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF). CandL’s work is deeply rooted in our shared belief that early education should be possible for every young child. The coalition’s goal is to put quality, affordable childcare within reach for all of  North Carolina’s families, whatever their income or background. CandL also seeks to ensure that early education teachers are paid fair wages and childcare providers earn enough to be sustainable in every community.

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Impact

CandL partnered with local organizations in 34 counties across the state to host listening sessions where childcare providers, teachers, and parents shared what they want the early care and learning system to look like. We are using the data from those listening sessions to create an action plan that CandL partners will advocate for in the state legislature and beyond. Find out more about who participated, and what we learned:

CandL Listening Session Analysis (Full Data Report) – May 2023

Understanding barriers and facilitators to childcare, from the voices of parents and providers across 34 counties in North Carolina. By the LINK Group, in collaboration with CandL.

Who participated?

 

CandL Data Release Video – May 2023

Watch the video in Spanish here.

Advancing Work

May 2023

The CandL Coalition, in partnership with The Link Group, organized and publicly presented a collection of insights and data collected from the 34 listening sessions conducted across 34 NC counties in 2022, as well as plans to use these findings to shape a policy agenda to bring to the NC General Assembly. 

Jan - Sept 2022

To ensure that the voices and needs of parents, teachers, and providers were heard, CandL conducted listening tour of focus groups among these stakeholders across the state. The listening tour aimed to more fully understand the wants, needs, and dreams of families and providers in early care and education (ECE) as well as provide an opportunity for families and providers to co-design with advocates, community leaders, and policy makers, a system so very vital to their everyday lives.

February 2021

The CandL Coalition debuted under coordinating leadership from NC Child, Black Child Development Institute-Charlotte, and NC Early Childhood Foundation, with the long term goal of establishing a publicly funded mixed delivery early care and education system in North Carolina. In addition to being a coordinating leadership organization, NCECF led the communications work and assumed the role of fiscal sponsor

Funders

Many thanks to the Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation for supporting CandL

 

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