What’s your plan to ensure candidates hear from your community about why early learning matters?

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has created an Election Toolkit to actively educate and engage candidates for public office on early care and learning. The toolkit covers election basics, provides sample questions to ask candidates, shares pre-and post-election activities that are permissible for non-profits, gives a step-by-step checklist to host a candidate forum and more.  Much of the toolkit is easily adaptable for other states. 

We also partnered with the First Five Years Fund to poll NC voters about early learning.  A strong majority of Republicans, Independents and Democrats want more investments in early learning—including providing greater access to affordable child care, Smart Start, NC Pre-K, and programs that build parenting skills. See the poll fact sheet for more of the results. 

Read Tracy Zimmerman's OpEd about the poll in the Raleigh News and Observer. 

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