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MomsRising in North Carolina

Join local NC parents & children
  for a giant Chutes & Ladders game!

We’re going BIG for NC’s kids - and we need you to join us.

NC MomsRising has partnered with The First 2000 Days Campaign to create a giant Chutes & Ladders board to spread the word that giving our kids a good start is not a game, and we’re coming to a town near you!

We’ll be hosting games in communities all across the state complete with crafts, snacks, bubbles, hula hoops, music, and more.  All we need is you!

Based on the classic Chutes & Ladders game, the board highlights the investments that move NC’s children ahead or set them back—investments like early learning, education, child care, infant mortality prevention, and health care.   

We’ll be playing life-sized games in parks, community centers, and even at the NC General Assembly and inviting parents, kids, child care providers, business leaders, local elected officials, and lawmakers to join us.

It’s a fun, powerful way to remind our communities and leaders that investing in kids means investing in NC’s future!

And it’s a great chance to meet other MomsRising members in your own community.

Check below to see when we’re coming to a town near you, then mark your calendar and plan to bring the whole family out to play! Let us know you can come by RSVPing to

  • April 6-Southport in Brunswick County, Kids Day in the Park, 11-2
  • April 12-Goldsboro, Goldsboro Cornerstone Commons, 10-1
  • April 13-Asheville, Healthy Kids Day, Pack Square Park, 11-5kids
  • April 17-General Assembly in Raleigh, Child & Family Day, Halifax Mall (located behind the General Assembly at 16 W. Jones St., 10-12
  • April 22-Durham, White Rock Child Development Center, 3400 Fayetteville St, 10-12
  • April 26-Wilmington, Smart Start of New Hanover County, 3534 S. College Rd., 10-12
  • May 6-Greenville, Details coming soon!
  • May 13-Charlotte, Details coming soon!

We can’t wait to see you!

North Carolina MomsRising is the first state chapter of, working to bring together millions of people who want a more family-friendly America. We are an all-volunteer group who care about our community, aren't afraid of a little politics, and share a concern about encouraging family-friendly policies in our state.

The efforts of our over 28,000 NC members in every NC county are already making a difference on state and national issues.

The Issues that North Carolina MomsRising is Working On:


Want to say goodbye to those ever increasing parental worries about toxic chemicals? So do we! We're sick and tired of reading report after report about dangers associated with the products we use everyday: Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles, soda cans, and other everyday products; phthalates in toys and pacifiers; formaldehyde in baby shampoo. In fact, dangerous chemicals are found in everything from cosmetics to bedding to school supplies.

MomsRising has joined a growing movement of workers, scientists, fertility experts, and advocates in supporting comprehensive reform for America’s chemical policy. As part of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign, we’re calling for updated chemical regulations so that chemicals are proven to be safe before they are out on the market and in the products our kids use every day.

Know Your Rights

NC MomsRising will be putting on a series of "Know Your Rights" workshops this fall. Far too often, mothers are so caught up in our responsibilities that we do not have time to find the resources needed to fully understand our rights. In addition, the topic areas where we need the most help are often filled with legal jargon and confusing exemptions that we need some assistance in understanding it all.

Recent Census data shows that women working full-time, year-round continue to earn less than their male counterparts in North Carolina - around 80 cents for a woman for every $1 earned by a man. Mothers are also all-too-often unsure of what their rights are under state and federal laws with regard to maternity leave, breastfeeding rights, and negotiations with their place of work.

Protecting Children in the State Budget

NC MomsRising fought hard these past two years to protect children in the North Carolina state budget. Moms and children personally delivered toy trains and giant paper dolls made by local children to state lawmakers as a reminder of the many parents who cannot make it to Raleigh but who are counting on their legislators to stand up for the proven programs on which their families depend.

North Carolina ranks 37th in the nation when it comes to child well-being according to The Annie E. Casey 2010 Kids County Data Book and is already under-investing in critical areas like education and health. North Carolina ranks 42nd nationally in per pupil expenditures in public schools and 37th in United Health’s measure of state residents’ health status, according to the Data Book. Infant mortality rates are among the worst in the country. Key family support programs like NC Health Choice and child care subsidies for working families currently have waiting lists in the tens of thousands.

NC families rely upon programs like Smart Start and child care subsidies to keep working. In 2010, 47,213 children in working families received assistance from Smart Start to pay for child care and 87,990 children benefited from the program’s efforts to improve the quality of care.


Campaign Director - Beth Messersmith -

Campaign Associate - Felicia Willems -