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Combining solutions journalism and public policy analysis, Liz Bell and Katie Dukes have conducted ground-breaking research across North Carolina and in five other states to document what is and isn’t happening in early care and education, but more importantly what must happen moving forward.

“‘Experts make the urgent case’ was a turning point in our ECE reporting in the way it so strongly linked policy with practice and with consequences, the way it laid out the broad societal effects of failures in child care, and the way it made a case for viewing child care as a public good,” notes Eric Frederick, EdNC’s editorial advisor.

After the article was released, Governor Roy Cooper sent this letter to the state’s congressional delegation.

Bell and Dukes have now identified four effective strategies other states used to move toward making early care and education a public good: advocacy from the business community, grassroots organizing, streamlining governance, and identifying/creating new funding streams.

Take a look.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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