NC Child produces publications that document trends in child well-being and the impact of public policy decisions on children and families.

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Fact Sheet: Medicaid changes under COVID-19

What families and providers need to know about recent changes to Medicaid There… Read more »

2020 Legislative Agenda

Click the link below to learn about NC Child’s priorities for the 2020… Read more »

Fact Sheet: Make Kids Count: Wake County

March 2019 This fact sheet from NC Child explores which local communities within… Read more »

Fact Sheet: The Cost of a Census Undercount

August 2018 In North Carolina alone, more than $16 billion in annual federal… Read more »

Fact Sheet: Young Children and Census 2020

August 2018 This fact sheet from NC Child describes why more than 73,000… Read more »

NC Child Advocacy Toolkit

For parents, caregivers, professionals, and other child advocates Available in English and Spanish… Read more »

Important changes coming to NC Medicaid

New fact sheets Big changes are coming to NC Medicaid and Health Choice… Read more »

2018 NC Child Annual Impact Report

In 2018, you helped us transform data into action and policy change. You… Read more »

Expanding Healthcare to Shrink Poverty

New report: Health insurance is key to family financial health Health insurance coverage… Read more »

2019 County Data Cards

How do children in your community fare? The County Data Cards below provide… Read more »

Early Childhood Educators in the Coverage Gap

Increasing access to affordable health care is critical to ensuring a strong and… Read more »

The Harmful Effects of Lead on Children’s Health

Fact Sheet Ensuring children’s healthy growth and development should be a priority for… Read more »

2019 Legislative Agenda

The Statewide Implications of Undercounting Latino Children

Download the report in English and in Spanish Nearly 300 federal programs that… Read more »

Child Health Report Card 2019

Click here to download the report Report footnotes and data sources (pdf) For… Read more »

2017 NC Child Annual Impact Report

Download our 2017 Impact Report to celebrate the big policy wins we achieved… Read more »

2018 Legislative Session Recap

The 2018 session might have been short, but it was highly consequential for… Read more »

The Child Welfare Impact of the Opioid Epidemic

Click here to download the report. The opioid epidemic has devastated North Carolina… Read more »


School Nurse Summary

2018 Legislative Agenda

Click on the link below to learn about our 2018 Legislative Agenda!

2018 County Data Cards

How do children in your community fare? The County Data Cards below provide… Read more »

School-Based Sealant Programs: An Innovative Approach to Improve Children’s Oral Health

This brief explores the impact of dental caries on children’s overall health and… Read more »

2018 Child Health Report Card

Click here to download source data.

Giving Birth in North Carolina Is Still a Risky Business

Click here to download the report. Safe pregnancies and healthy babies are inextricably… Read more »

2017 Legislative Accomplishments

2016 Annual Impact Report

Senate Health Bill Would Damage NC’s Child Welfare System

When children come to the attention of the child welfare system, they have… Read more »

Senate Budget Reduces Access to Nutrition Assistance for Children and Families

The Senate budget (SB 257) includes a provision that would restrict pathways to… Read more »

2017 County Data Cards

How do children in your community fare? The county data cards below provide… Read more »

2017 Child Health Report Card

Join the conversation at #ChildHealthNC The North Carolina Child Health Report Card tracks… Read more »

2017 Legislative Policy Agenda

2017 Policy Agenda End the Unfair Prosecution of Youth as Adults for Minor… Read more »

2015 Annual Impact Report

Planting A Seed for Expanded Educational Opportunity: An Introduction to Children’s Savings Accounts

  The future prosperity of North Carolina depends on every child having the… Read more »

2016-2017 Research and Policy Fellowship

2016 Legislative Summary

2016 Legislative Summary Each year, our elected representatives have an extraordinary opportunity to… Read more »

Strengthening Women’s Health: A Key to Reducing Infant Mortality and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities

  Download the report View social media resources Every child deserves a strong start in… Read more »

Recommendations for 2016 State Budget Conferees

NC Child has reviewed the House and Senate budget proposals with respect to… Read more »

Corporal Punishment in North Carolina’s Public Schools: Almost Gone and Good Riddance

Introduction In 1985, the NC General Assembly formally affirmed the authority of local… Read more »

2016 North Carolina Child Health Report Card

  Social Media Toolkit and Infographics Press Release Good health during the early… Read more »

How Does North Carolina’s HB 318 Impact Children?

On October 28, 2015, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 318 into… Read more »

2015 Legislative Summary

Each year, our elected representatives have an extraordinary opportunity to use public policy… Read more »

2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2015 Data Book focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession… Read more »

Many Working Parents and Families in North Carolina Would Benefit from Medicaid Coverage

Working parents and their children would receive significant help with health insurance coverage… Read more »

2015 Legislative District Fact Sheets

Children comprise one-quarter of North Carolina’s population and all of its future. The following… Read more »

Futures Dimmed: The impact of eligibility cuts and fee increases on child care access

Child care subsidies provide low-income families with vouchers for high-quality child care, which… Read more »

Medicaid Reform for Children

North Carolina’s future prosperity depends on the healthy development of our children. We… Read more »

2014 Child Health Report Card County Data Cards

Click below to view child health snapshots for your county. Alamance Cumberland Johnston Randolph… Read more »

2014 Child Health Report Card

The 2014 North Carolina Child Health Report Card shows continuing improvements in children’s health… Read more »

Creating Opportunities for Families: A Two-Generation Approach

  For many American families, every day is a juggling act involving work, child… Read more »

2014 Legislative Summary

2014 Legislative Summary The 2014 budget illustrates the difficulty of effectively investing in… Read more »

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines 16 measures of child well-being in… Read more »

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

The KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All… Read more »

Data Snapshot: Early reading proficiency in the United States

Today’s children are our nation’s hope for building a strong future economy and thriving… Read more »

NC Child: 2013 Child Health Report Card County Data Cards

Good health forms the foundation of children’s well-being and future life success. When… Read more »

2013 Child Health Report Card

  Report Card shows big gains in children’s health insurance coverage amid high child poverty… Read more »

From Push Out to Lock Up: North Carolina’s Accelerated School-to-Prison Pipeline

A good education is the foundation for successful life experiences. Children who graduate from… Read more »

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies

All newborns deserve to grow and develop in good health. Babies who are… Read more »

2013 End of Session Summary

Click to view our roundup of legislative action for children during the 2013-2014… Read more »

Focus on Children Town Hall – Robeson

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Corporal Punishment in North Carolina Public Schools: Down, But Not Out (2013)

All children deserve safe, nurturing classrooms which promote deep inquiry, exploration and respectful… Read more »

Raise the Age Fact Sheet and Infographics

2012 Raise the Age Advocacy Guide

Learn the Myths and Realities The Raise the Age Campaign seeks to raise… Read more »

2013 Focus on Children Town Hall – Durham

Focus on Children Town Hall – Goldsboro

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2012 Legislative Agenda for Children

2013 Legislative Agenda for Children

Focus on Children Town Hall – Halifax

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2012 Child Health Report Card County Data Cards

North Carolina’s future prosperity is shaped by children’s health status, as well as… Read more »

2012 Child Health Report Card

2012 Congressional District Data Snapshot

Click link below to view data for your Congressional District. Congressional District 1… Read more »

Measuring What Matters: Eliminating the American Community Survey Hurts Business, Local Communities

Collateral Damage on the Home Front: Ten Years Later

A decade ago, Action for Children North Carolina studied the incidence of homicide… Read more »

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding?

On November 6, North Carolinians will go to the polls to elect a… Read more »

Public Investments Matter for Child Well-Being: Smart State Policy Can Change Lives (2012)

More than two-thirds of public resources invested in children occur at the state-level,… Read more »

Building Brighter Futures: Renewing North Carolina’s Commitment to Children and Youth

Corporal Punishment in Public Schools: Some Surprises, Continuing Shame

Action for Children is pleased to present our newest publication, Corporal Punishment in… Read more »

An Interactive Look at N.C. Children in High-Poverty Communities

Where children live and grow has a significant impact on their current state… Read more »

Corporal punishment: A waning practice in North Carolina schools

Corporal Punishment in the Public Schools: A Practice on the Decline

Recent changes to state law have resulted in more and more NC school… Read more »

North Carolina Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System

North Carolina Children in the Recession

Action for Children’s newest report, North Carolina Children in the Recession, finds that… Read more »

Parental Rights in Jeopardy: Corporal Punishment in the Public Schools

Data! And other happy things (presentation)

Data! And other happy things… from Laila Bell

2011 Legislative Agenda for Children

2010 Legislative Agenda for Children

2009 Legislative Agenda for Children

2008 Legislative Agenda for Children

2007 Legislative Agenda for Children

2006 Legislative Agenda for Children

2011 Child Health Report Card

2010 Child Health Report Card

Improving Outcomes for Latino Children in North Carolina: Promising Practices

Latino Children in North Carolina: An Action for Children North Carolina Data Report

Latino children comprise the fastest growing segment of North Carolina’s child population, jumping… Read more »

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding 2010

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding, a new publication from Action for… Read more »

Place Matters: Where Children Grow Up Can Help Determine Health Outcomes

Children’s health outcomes are influenced by the communities they live in. Place Matters:… Read more »

The 529 College Savings Plan: Bringing Higher Education into Focus for N.C. Children

Higher education is increasingly unaffordable for North Carolina families, even after financial aid… Read more »

What Stands between North Carolina Students and a Sound Basic Education?

Fuming Over School Bus Diesel

Gun Safety Begins At Home

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Building the Financial Capability of North Carolina’s Children and Families

National Crisis Hits Home for North Carolina’s Children

2009 North Carolina Children’s Index

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2006 North Carolina Children’s Index

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Introduction to “Not Invisible…Not In Vain”

Why Cutting Medicaid is Harmful to N.C.’s Health: An NCCAI Background Briefing

Reducing Collateral Damage on the Home Front

Original N.C. Supreme Court decision

Final Rulings in Leandro Case

Confirming N.C. Supreme Court decision

Facing the Facts: Criminal Consequences of Child Abuse Homicides

Child Protective Services Data Card

Young Victims, Few Consequences: Children’s Deaths Associated with Neglect

Child Abuse and Neglect: The Link to Delinquency and Criminal Behavior

Appropriate Education for Suspended Students

Outcomes by Income: Low-income children fare worse on many indicators

One out of Ten: The Growing Suspension Crisis in North Carolina

Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll: What Teens Do, What Parents Assume and What Parents Can Do

Quality Early Care and Education has Substantial Benefits for Children, Families and Communities

The Bottom Line: Investing in Child Care is Good Business

Driving Safety: Two New Vehicle Laws

More Than Safe: Achieving Positive Outcomes for Foster Youth

The Consequence Aren’t Minor: The Impact of Prosecuting Youths as Adults and Strategies for Reform

Age of Delinquency Flow Chart

HB 492: Raise Juvenile Court Jurisdiction from 16 to 18 Years Old

Putting the Juvenile Back in Juvenile Justice

New Research Analyzes N.C.’s Century-Long Refusal to Include 16- and 17-year-olds in Juvenile Court

Child Poverty in North Carolina: A Preventable Epidemic

Completing the Picture

Fact or Fiction: Corporal Punishment in North Carolina Public Schools

Putting the Pieces in Place: A North Carolina School Readiness Report

Positive Pathways to Adulthood: Raise the Presumptive Age of Adult Criminal Prosecution

Children in the Federal and State Budgets: A Declining Priority?

Child Economic Opportunity Report Card

Emerging Issues Report: Children in Immigrant Families

Listening to Parents’ Perspectives on Adolescent Health

Youth Delinquency Prevention Report Card

Corporal Punishment: Alive, but not well, in North Carolina’s public schools

During the 2008-2009 school year, students in N.C. public schools were hit by… Read more »

2009 Child Health Report Card

2007 Child Health Report Card

2008 Child Health Report Card

2005 Child Health Report Card

2009 Portrait of Adolescent Health in North Carolina