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Think Babies Advocacy Academies

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Join us for a day of advocacy training to learn how to work with policymakers and make your voice heard for infants, toddlers, their educators, and their families!

  • Learn about the issues facing NC’s youngest children
  • Explore how federal and state policy is made and how to work with policymakers
  • Practice crafting effective messages in order to tell your personal story
  • Connect with other early childhood advocates and work together to make an impact

The Think Babies Advocacy Academies will be held in three different locations across North Carolina, so please attend whichever one is most convenient for you!

*NEW DATE* October 16, 2018 - Greensboro, NC
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Guilford Tech Community College, Jamestown Campus
601 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282
Registration deadline: October 10, 2018

*Please note that if you were registered for the September 20th Advocacy Academy in Greensboro, which was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence, you must register again for the new date of October 16th.*

October 20, 2018 - Greenville, NC
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
ECU Health Sciences Campus, Student Center
1868 Health Sciences Drive, Greenville, NC 27834
Registration deadline: October 11, 2018

October 27, 2018 - Asheville, NC
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Buncombe Partnership for Children
2229 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801
Registration deadline: October 18, 2018

When you register, please select the date of the training you plan to attend.

All 3 trainings are free, and participants will receive lunch, a Think Babies t-shirt, and an advocacy toolkit.

We encourage you to attend with other advocates from your community, but we welcome individual attendees as well! These trainings are open to anyone interested in learning more about why all infants and toddlers in NC need healthy beginnings, supported families, and high-quality early care and learning. We look forward to seeing you as we continue to Think Babies in North Carolina!

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The NC Early Education Coalition is a proud partner in the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies campaign and in the Pritzker Children’s Initiative's National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers.


What's the purpose of the Think Babies Advocacy Academies?

We hope to educate, engage and empower advocates across the state who will help raise awareness of the issues facing infants and toddlers and encourage policymakers to Think Babies!

Is there a fee for attending a Think Babies Advocacy Academy?

No, the Advocacy Academies are free!

Should I attend more than one of the Think Babies Advocacy Academies?

All of the trainings will be the same, so you only need to attend one Advocacy Academy. We are offering three across the state so that people won't have to travel as far to attend one.

What if I don't know that much about early childhood issue, policies, or advocacy?

That's ok! These trainings will be informative and helpful no matter what knowledge base you have coming in, and we know you'll gain information and skills by attending.

If you have any other questions or need help registering, please contact Angela Burch at

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