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  • Early Childhood Expert and Foundation Leaders from Across the State Join Board of Directors

    May 20, 2018

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    Foundation and university leaders from the Golden LEAF Foundation, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and East Carolina University have joined the board of directors for the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF). The NCECF board also elected Easter Maynard, Director of Community Investment for Investors Management Corporation, as the… Read more »

  • Our 2017 Impact Report is Here! Igniting the Power of Collaborative Action

    May 15, 2018

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    Dear Friends, 2017 started with a jaw-dropping announcement by the Harvard University Center for the Developing Child. Researchers discovered that we had vastly underestimated the number of neural connections formed each second in the first few years of life. Rather than 700, the number was more than 1 MILLION neural connections per second! As brain… Read more »

  • Become a Summer Learning Ambassador!

    May 15, 2018

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    New Toolkit for Summer Program Providers – Schools, Camps, Churches, Libraries – Anyone Working with Children! Join us for a webinar on May 29, 2018 at 1:30 to learn about our new NC Summer Learning Toolkit. Register now!. Children work hard during the school year and they learn a lot. But if we are not… Read more »

  • NC Governor’s Proposed Budget Expands Early Learning Investments

    May 15, 2018

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    The budget proposal released last week by Governor Roy Cooper to kick-off this year’s budget negotiations supports young children and their families through investments in child care, early learning, public education, health, mental health and child welfare. Highlights include: Additional child care subsidy and NC Pre-K slots and an increase to the reimbursement rates paid… Read more »

  • Pathways Informs the Work of the NC Birth to Third Grade Interagency Council

    May 14, 2018

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    North Carolina needs a birth-through-third-grade comprehensive, integrated system of early learning that reflects brain science and how children learn. That was one of the messages from the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation to the NC Birth to Third Grade Interagency Council last week. At the B-3 Council’s request, NCECF shared information about early learning programs… Read more »

  • Pathways to Grade Level Reading Highlighted in First Meeting of NC Early Childhood Advisory Council

    May 13, 2018

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    The reconstituted North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council met last week to kick off their work advising the Governor on strengthening North Carolina’s early learning and development system from birth through age eight. The work of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative was highlighted as the basis behind the Department of Health and Human… Read more »

  • Webinar: Who’s Caring for Our Babies?

    May 11, 2018

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    Register for our webinar on June 12, 2018 from 11 AM to Noon. Brain science continues to advance at an astonishing rate. We now know that children’s earliest experiences are built into their bodies—shaping their brain architecture and biological systems. These experiences build the foundation for future learning and health. Quality child care promotes healthy… Read more »

  • Public Comment Sought on North Carolina’s Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant Plan

    May 10, 2018

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    Members of the public are invited to comment on North Carolina’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Block Grant Plan. The Plan describes how NC’s child care program will be administered by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) during the period of October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2021. The CCDF… Read more »

  • Local Preschool Expansion; Strategies and Lessons Learned from Three Communities

    May 9, 2018

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    With our community partners from Durham, Buncombe and Forsyth counties, NCECF hosted a workshop on local financing for early learning at the 2018 National Smart Start Conference on May 3rd. In North Carolina, state and local leaders are increasingly focused on ways to ensure that more of our children are reading on grade level by… Read more »

  • Smart Start Pre-Conference Attendees Learn How to Create Pathways to Grade-Level Reading in Their Own Communities

    May 8, 2018

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    Attendees at the 2018 National Smart Start Conference last week had an opportunity to learn about the state-level NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative and how they could bring the Pathways tools and process home to their own communities. Nearly 80 advocates and service providers – from NC Smart Start partnerships, other states, and even… Read more »

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