The future of North Carolina is as strong as its people.
That’s why we’re at our best when all children to grow up in financially secure families and communities where they have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Children living in financially secure families and communities are more likely to succeed in school, stay healthy, and achieve economic success as adults.
Unfortunately, families in many communities face deeply entrenched obstacles to success, such as insufficient and low-paying jobs, under-funded schools, and limited access to health care. This is disproportionately true for families of color due to race-specific barriers like hiring discrimination and a biased criminal justice system.
The good news is that we can overcome these barriers and create opportunity in communities where it doesn’t exist by implementing evidence-based public policy that supports children, families, and communities.
Developing an Economic Opportunity Agenda
In the coming months, NC Child staff will hit the road for a series of community discussions to learn more about what barriers to success look like in different parts of our state. These discussions will inform the development of a package of statewide policy solutions, the Economic Opportunity Agenda. Click here to learn more about our upcoming community meetings.
Resources and Links
- Building Economic Opportunity Factsheet (coming soon)
- Economic Opportunity Map (coming soon)
- Economic Well-Being Indicators from the Kids Count Data Center
- North Carolina’s Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity (MDC Study)
- NC Budget and Tax Center
- Equality of Opportunity Project