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Increasing access to affordable health care is critical to ensuring a strong and stable early childhood workforce.

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Early childhood educators foster the brain development of young children, setting the foundation for them to learn and grow for the rest of their lives. Despite their significant impact on children’s success, these educators often bear the stress of low wages and limited workplace supports.

Download the Fact Sheet: Health Care Can’t Wait: Early Childhood Educators

The high cost of healthcare means that educators who struggle with health challenges are often unable to see a doctor when they need one. NC Child met and interviewed early childhood educators from around the state who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to buy private health insurance in the marketplace.

In their own words: Stories of Early Childhood Educators in the Coverage Gap

Special thanks to the kind people at First Baptist Child Development Center in Goldsboro, Heather Park Child Development Center in Garner, Kids Academy in Lumberton, Kids Educational Center III in Wake Forest, Little Believers Academy in Clayton and Garner, Noah’s Arc in Wilmington, and Trinity Day Care in Goldsboro for allowing us to interview staff members.

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Download: Early Childhood Educators in the Coverage Gap

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