Partnership for Children of Wayne County has announced it is has received a micro-grant from the Think Babies™ NC Alliance to support its efforts focused on infants, toddlers, and their families. This funding is provided by the Think Babies™ NC Alliance, with support from the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies™ campaign.
The micro-grants are a component of Think Babies™ NC. This statewide initiative seeks to ensure that North Carolina’s youngest children, prenatal to age 3, benefit from effective and equitable public policies, programs, and funding so that all children – regardless of race, family income, or zip code – have what they need to thrive: healthy beginnings, supported families, and quality early care and learning experiences.
This is the fourth round of Community Partner Micro-Grants that Think Babies™ NC has funded in order to support communities working to increase public awareness and policymaker support for issues facing their youngest children and their families.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to continue to expand the Think Babies™ NC Alliance with our new and ongoing community partners,” said Jenna Nelson, Executive Director of the NC Early Education Coalition, which serves as the backbone organization for the Think Babies™ NC Alliance. “COVID-19 has made it abundantly clear that young children and families face many challenges in every corner of our state. We know that these committed local partners will help to make babies the top priority in North Carolina’s recovery and beyond, as we work together to help advance solutions for babies and their families.”
The Partnership’s project will focus on the lack of high-quality, accessible, and affordable infant-toddler child care in Wayne County. They will host a Lunch and Learn Storytelling event featuring expectant mothers, as well as a
social media campaign to engage parents, child care providers, local businesses, civic groups, education organizations, and local and state stakeholders. Information shared through the event and the social media campaign will focus on the current demographics regarding infants and toddlers, address a broad range of early childhood issues, and provide advocacy. Expecting moms, new moms and moms with kids under 3 that are interested in participating, please contact Blair Cox at [email protected] or call 919-735-3371 ext. 229.
Micro-grants were awarded to five communities across North Carolina this year. For more information about the micro-grants and the Think Babies™ NC initiative, please visit www.thinkbabiesnc.org.