Participants will make life-sized paper dolls of local kids during the event from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday. The dolls will join hundreds from across the state on May 23 in a display at the General Assembly in Raleigh in support of affordable, quality early learning programs.
The cut-outs will represent families standing up for the programs that keep parents working and children succeeding, like quality, affordable child care, access to preschool and early learning programs for all North Carolina families, according to a press release. The dolls will be displayed along with facts, quotes from parents, and other information on the importance of early learning.
NC MomsRising is part of a national, grassroots effort to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. The Partnership administers Smart Start, NC Pre-K, and Early Head Start in Durham County.
Last year, the state budget cut $37.6 million from Smart Start and $32 million from More at Four (now NC Pre-K), according to the release.
The event is at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., in Durham.