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Thank you to NC Child and Robeson State of the Child for the opportunity to share how the Lumbee Tribe of NC committed to improving the lives of the children in Robeson and surrounding counties.

Thank you to NC Child and Robeson State of the Child for the opportunity to share how the Lumbee Tribe of NC committed to improving the lives of the children in Robeson and surrounding counties. Our staff participated in a community wide NC Child Meeting.


NC Child and Robeson State of the Child are partnering in the effort to help as many children reach their full potential in the North Carolina and Robeson County. Through research, surveys, and interviews, they are able to create a County Data Card that advocates for children, parents, as well as companies that are ultimately affected by children’s’ parents.


Some staggering research shows that:

Poverty reduction is a powerful way to improve children’s lives. In 2022, almost 20,000 were reported living in lowery income homes and below the poverty line. The lack of child care available impacts a child living in poverty; in that, if the parent is unable to find suitable child care, they are forced to leave the workforce to care for their child(ren). 150,000+ parents are not able to work due to child care issues.


Robeson County’s early prenatal care access is improving, but it is not necessarily translating into positive birth outcomes. Robeson’s share of kids living in poor homes has not changed drastically over the last six years. There are fewer kids that are considered proficient in reading in 3rd grade in Robeson County than before the pandemic. Robeson county has a higher child abuse assessment rate than the state of NC, but better outcomes of kids’ experiences in the welfare system.


In recent news in the government, there has been a decoupling of private tuition payment rates from subsidized child care market rates, child care subsidy rate increase passed via S20, brief extension of child care stabilization grants, and a tri-share pilot (splits costs between worker, businesses, and the state.)



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