We know what it takes to put young children on a path to lifelong success: high-quality child care and education, programs that support physical and developmental health and help build family literacy, parenting and other skills—all delivered through a strong, diverse integrated early childhood system.
We know that investing in the early years provides a tremendous return on investment: for every $1 spent today, we save $7 dollars in future spending. And we have many children and families who qualify for these essential programs. (Of the 67,493 children birth to age 5 who live in Wake County, 16% live in poverty.) Unfortunately, funding for these programs does not meet the demand.
Learn what actions you can take to support adequate funding for proven early childhood programs by engaging with the following advocacy groups:
- NC Early Childhood Foundation Find the results of their latest voter poll here.
- The First 2000 Days
- NC Child Care Coalition
- NC Child