First ‘State of the Child’ summit calls for resources to systems supporting youth, from child care to mental health

The first State of the Child Summit, hosted Tuesday by nonprofits NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, painted a picture of systems struggling to support the state’s youth.

Experts shared updates on a child care system facing potential mass closures, a child welfare system without adequate resources for vulnerable children, a maternal care system with rural deserts and racial disparities, and an alarming mental health crisis across age groups.…

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