Sharing the vision and supporting the mission of the Triangle area non-profit community.

Heart by Judy Liu, MPH NCChild

Advocates for North Carolina Children The first 2,000 days of a child’s life

have a lasting impact on later learning, health, and success. T

he not-for-profit NC Child organization was created on January 1, 2014 through a merger of Action for Children North Carolina and the Covenant with North Carolina’s

Children, two organizations with a long history of effective advocacy for our state’s children. Action for Children North Carolina was founded in 1983 to en-

sure that North Carolina’s children were healthy, safe, well-educated, and had every oppor- tunity for success in life. Action for Chil- dren used research, data analysis, advo- cacy, and education to influence a broad cross-section of peo- ple and policymak- ers across the state. Action for Children was the first state ad- vocacy group in the nation to develop an annual index identifying “leading indicators” of child well-being. Many other states have since followed Action for Children’s lead. Te Covenant with North Carolina’s Children was founded in 1996

NC Child creates an annual legislative agenda that promotes the

health, safety, education, and economic security of North Carolina’s children. NC Child believes all children should have equal access to these essential building blocks:

Te NC Child Advocacy Network is a project of NC Child. Members benefits of the Child Advocacy Network CAN) fall into three categories:

• Information: To have an impact, you’ve got to know what’s going on. In addition to NC Child’s regular legislative updates, blog posts, webinars, and other publications, CAN members have access to legislative insiders, data experts, and messaging support.

• Collaboration: Te issues facing children in North Carolina are big, and that’s why the CAN supports statewide collaboration among state and local advocacy groups and individuals.

• Activation: Advocacy isn’t easy—it’s not always clear what to say and who to say it to. NC Child and our allies provide CAN members with easy and effective ways to take action to protect NC kids.

• Grow up in safe, stable, and nurturing homes and communities • Live in economically secure homes with their basic needs met • Have access to high-quality physical and behavioral health care • Receive an effec- tive pre-kinder- garten education (0–5 years old) and K–12 education

• Have the oppor- tunity to become successful, self-sup- porting adults NC Child is based

in Raleigh. Teir mis- sion is to “build a strong North Car- olina by advancing

to give children a stronger voice at the state legislature. Te Covenant was a membership-based organization composed of more than 50 service providers, professional associations, and other advocacy groups who worked together to identify the most pressing issues facing chil- dren and to take action on those issues. For nearly two decades, the Covenant employed a full-time lobbyist who played a major role in tackling the most important public policy decisions facing children.

public policies to ensure all children – regardless of race, ethnicity, or place of birth – have the opportunity to achieve their full poten- tial.” NC Child also provides limited data and research support free of charge to the public including one-on-one technical assistance, data presentations, and analyses of emerging conditions and child well-being. Membership is fr ee! To enroll onlin e, vi si t:

nc chi ld.sal canmembership/index.html . To learn more visit

Natural Awakenings supports Triangle area non-profits by offering a free full-page feature article each month. It is a very visible platform from which an organization

can tell its story and detail the services it offers. Please let us know if you would like for your non-profit organization to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming issue. Call 919-342-2831 or email

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