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Community Discussion on Economic Opportunity for Children

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

More than 100 community members attended the “Building Economic Opportunity” event at UNCW on Oct. 13. The event was one of five community discussions across the state convened by NC Child to engage citizens in efforts to build an economic opportunity policy agenda to help children and families.

At the event, NC Child shared Wilmington and New Hanover county data on child well-being. The organization’s proposed policy solutions on a range of issues including paid family leave, universal pre-K and ideas to help close the health insurance coverage gap in North Carolina were also presented and discussed.

The Wilmington event followed similar events held in Asheville, Goldsboro, Winston-Salem and Mars Hill.

Adam Sotak, Public Engagement Director at NC Child, summarized discussions at the community events in an October blog post titled What We Learned: Community Discussions and Building Economic Opportunity.

The Wilmington community discussion was held in McNeill Hall on campus. UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, the Watson College of Education, UNCW’s Dropout Prevention Coalition, New Hanover NAACP and Smart Start of New Hanover County sponsored the event.

Materials shared by NC Child at the event include:

Wilmington Agenda & Program Packet - includes overview of NC Child’s proposed policy solutions for building economic opportunity coupled with messaging and framing.

Wilmington Presentation – includes Wilmington and New Hanover county data on child well-being and an economic opportunity overview.

Wilmington Policy Walk – detailed information on eight proposed economic opportunity policy solutions and accompanying Wilmington/New Hanover County data points.