Our Power Together: CC4NC Updates!
Our Power Together: CC4NC Updates!

Last week, over 600 people united at the NC Capitol for the largest child care action in state history.

The recent day of action at the North Carolina Legislature was extraordinary. It stands out as the most significant advocacy event for child care in our state’s recent history. United by a common message and a shared demand, we emphasized the essential nature of child care and the urgent need for investment in our teachers and children.

Together, we brought over 600 people to the NC Capitol to demand a $300 million investment in child care to prevent a funding crisis that would see 1/3 of centers close. Every one of us who showed up and took time off work or closed our businesses made this historic day happen. It’s OUR WIN! It shows our power together, and it means the people making decisions can’t pretend they don’t know the crisis they’re creating if they don’t invest in early education. They can no longer pretend they don’t know the priorities of everyday North Carolinians are child care teachers and the families who need child care, not special interests or pet projects. 

The $300 million investment would go directly to teacher pay and keeping centers open. Child care is state infrastructure as much as roads are. Everyone depends on it working well, even if they don’t have children. But it has been chronically underfunded and subsidized by the underpaid labor of women in our communities. May 16th, we said NO MORE

What’s Next? We have the momentum, let’s keep going!

Our months-long mobilization planning might be over, but our movement building and our campaign are far from done! We will be taking action all summer until the end of the session, from legislative call-in days starting next week to virtual town halls on child care and more in-person rallies across the state to keep the pressure on.

  1. If you’re in child care, get involved with NDWA NC and come to our next child care action town hall June 12 at 6pm on Zoom to add your voice and expertise to this work. 
  2. If you’re a parent, get involved with Mom’s Rising, the NC Early Education Coalition, or a local Partnership for Children to advocate for your kids and their child care teachers.
  3. If you’re a business leader or local elected official, continue to use your voice and platform to advocate for child care teachers with other business leaders and decision makers. Help them understand this is everyone’s issue and has major implications for our state’s growth and competitive edge into the future.

Our message reached 22 million+ people via statewide, local, and national media. Check out some of those stories below!

  • WRAL: Day without child care: NC providers close for a day in rally to keep centers open
  • NC Newsline: “Day Without Childcare” seeks to stress importance of funding needs
  • CBS 17: Day without Child Care: NC providers close for one day for demonstration
  • CBS 17: Child care advocates call for more funding during Day Without Child Care event
  • WUNC: As North Carolina approaches the ‘child care cliff,’ will state lawmakers step in?
  • ABC 11: Child care centers across NC closed for a day of action in Raleigh 
  • Univision 40: “Un día sin cuidado infantil:” proveedores exigen más fondos para realizar su labor
  • PRE: A Day Without Childcare in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Health News: ‘Care can’t wait’: Child care advocates rally for funding, support 
  • WRAL: Hundreds of child care providers rally in Raleigh
  • Spectrum News: ‘Child care is in crisis’: Providers rally as funding shortfall looms 
  • EdNC: Perspective | A day without child care: A glimpse into North Carolina’s future
  • Axios: North Carolina child cares closing for a day of advocacy to address crisis
  • WFAE 90.7: Care can’t wait!: NC child care providers rally for funding
  • Our message and images from the day also spread through word of mouth, newsletters, social media, and more. Continue to share photos and tag #CC4NC.