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NC Medicaid Transformation One Pager (English)

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Social-Emotional Health

Our partners at NC Child, their Parent Advisory Council, and their partners – Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Disability Rights NC, Legal Aid NC, NC Justice Center, and Pisgah Legal – have created an easy-to-understand handout for families on changes to Medicaid. The one-pager is available in English and Spanish.

Governor’s Budget Overview for the 2019-21 Biennium

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
lightbulb_outline Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
attach_file High Quality Early Care and Education
attach_file Healthy Birthweight
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file Safe at Home
attach_file State Policy and Practice

An overview of birth-through-eight provisions in Governor Cooper's 2019-21 budget proposal.

ISSUE BRIEF: Ensuring Good Health and On-Track Development for North Carolina Babies and Toddlers

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
attach_file Healthy Birthweight
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Early Intervention
attach_file Safe at Home
attach_file State Policy and Practice

This issue brief shares the results of a self-assessment of state-level policies around supporting babies' and toddlers' health and on-track development. Research demonstrates that when these policies are in place, babies and toddlers are more likely to thrive.

Public Health Leaders’ Conference Presentation

date_range 2019
library_books Presentation
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
attach_file Healthy Birthweight
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Early Intervention
attach_file State Policy and Practice

NCECF presented on the Pathways model at the 2019 Public Health Leaders' Conference in Raleigh.

Think Babies™ Fact Sheet: Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Healthy Birthweight
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file State Policy and Practice

Supporting pregnant women at work reduces infant mortality, improves maternal and infant health, and reduces doctor and hospital visits. When children have good health in utero and good birth outcomes, they are more likely to have good physical health and on-track development during childhood and throughout life.

Think Babies™ Fact Sheet: Paid Family and Medical Leave

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file State Policy and Practice

Providing new parents with the opportunity to care for a child benefits everyone involved. The first weeks and months of a child's life are critical to development. Because of the important role of parents in this early period, paid family leave can have effects on relationship-building, parental involvement, health, and well-being that last throughout a child’s life.

Think Babies™ Fact Sheet: Access to Health Insurance

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health

High-quality, affordable health care helps parents work and support their children. Parents can’t get to work, or take care of their children, when they’re not healthy. Unfortunately, in North Carolina approximately 500,000 North Carolinians don’t earn enough to buy private health insurance, but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. In North Carolina, over 15% of parents of infants and toddlers are uninsured, and closing this “coverage gap” would provide over 100,000 parents the improved health and access to the care they need to thrive, which in turn improves children’s health and development.12 To improve the health of current and prospective parents and their children, North Carolina should take advantage of available federal funding to expand access to insurance coverage.

Think Babies™ Fact Sheet: Home Visiting

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file State Policy and Practice

A stable, secure relationship with a nurturing, caring adult is a key factor in young children’s development. Parents play the lead role in their children’s healthy development, but all parents are stretched in the earliest months and years of their children’s lives. Home visiting programs, which match parents with trained professionals to provide in-home support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first years, are an effective method to support families, particularly when they are part of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services.

Opportunity for All? North Carolina’s Babies and Toddlers of Color

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file High Quality Early Care and Education
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file Healthy Birthweight

During the first years of life, babies’ experiences are built into their bodies—shaping the brain’s architecture and building the foundation for future learning, behavior and health. Yet current and historic laws, policies and practices—both official and unofficial—have created and maintain widespread barriers to opportunity and success for babies and toddlers of color.

This brief disaggregates data on key NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading shared measures of success to shine a light on the current disparities in outcomes—and opportunity—among groups of young children and their families.

Think Babies Policy Priorities

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file High Quality Early Care and Education
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file State Policy and Practice

Think Babies™ NC seeks to advance policies that support the healthy development of North Carolina’s babies and toddlers. It is aligned with the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative and the NC Early Childhood Action Plan. Think Babies™ NC is led by the NC Early Education Coalition with support from the NC Early Childhood Foundation and a Leadership Team of state and local organizations focused on advancing public awareness and policy solutions for infants, toddlers, and their families.