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Send in Think Babies Leadership Community Micro-Grant applications now

The Think Babies™ NC Alliance is inviting applications for its Leadership Community Micro-Grant program, which provide grants of $2,500 to up to 10 organizations.

City, county, or regional-level organizations can apply for the money, according to an email from the Alliance. It will go to “organizations that focus on building increased support for healthy beginnings, supported families, and quality early care and learning for infants and toddlers.” Applications are due Feb. 11.

“We look forward to continuing to work with communities and partners across the state to advance the Think Babies™ NC work at the local level and build awareness and connection to state policymakers around issues facing infants, toddlers, and their families,” the email stated.

Awardees will be required to hold three events to “engage their locally elected officials on the policies included in the PN-3 Policy Roadmap.”

According to the email, the following objectives must be addressed by applicants:

  1. “Recruit at least 10 early childhood educators (with a focus on including BIPOC identifying individuals);
  2. “Create a community team of infant, toddler, and family stakeholders and advocates (with a focus on including BIPOC identifying individuals);
  3. “Attend and fully participate in specialized trainings for Think Babies™ Leadership Communities; and 
  4. “Host at least three events with the goal of informing public policymakers about the importance of the policies in the PN-3 policy roadmap.”

You can download the grant application here.

The Alliance is holding an information session about the grants Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. A recording will be made of the session. Questions can be submitted in advance to Angela Burch-Octetree at angelab@ncearlyeducationcoalition.org.

You can register to attend or get the recording here.

According to the organization, The Think Babies™ NC Alliance “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 have what they need to thrive.”

The funding for the grants comes from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative and ZERO TO THREE.

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