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  • What Works for Third Grade Reading; New Resource Outlines Research-Based Policies, Practices and Programs

    August 14, 2017

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    A groundbreaking new resource offers research-based policy, practice and program options to states and communities working to improve third grade reading proficiency. What Works for Third Grade Reading is a collection of 12 working papers that address whole-child, birth-to-age-eight factors that support children’s optimal development and improve reading proficiency. The working papers are a resource… Read more »

  • Early Learning is Part of a “Sound Basic Education”

    August 13, 2017

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    As North Carolina takes steps to improve educational equity, we should be intentional about a focus on early learning. Twenty years after the NC Supreme Court first ruled in Leandro v. State that the state constitution guarantees every child “an opportunity to receive a sound, basic education,” and a few months after Judge Howard Manning… Read more »

  • NC Chamber of Commerce Highlights Early Learning

    August 10, 2017

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    The NC Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s Conference on Education today. The event brings together educators and business leaders to share ideas and collaborate on the roles each can play in ensuring the state’s students are college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow. Early learning was featured throughout the morning and in an… Read more »

  • NC’s Updated ESSA Plan Reflects Comments from Early Learning Community

    August 7, 2017

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    North Carolina’s newly released plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) once again recognizes birth-to-eight alignment as a strategy to meet North Carolina’s education goals. Released on July 28th by the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the revised plan reflects many of the comments submitted by the early childhood community, including the North… Read more »

  • Governors Tell Congress Early Childhood Top Priority

    July 14, 2017

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    The nation’s governors tell Congress that early childhood education is just as important to them as health care, tax reform and infrastructure. In a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the governors write: “On behalf of the nation’s governors, we write… Read more »

  • NCECF Submits Comments on State ESSA Plan

    July 7, 2017

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    The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation submitted comments on North Carolina’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act strongly supporting the inclusion of birth-through-third-grade alignment as a core strategy to achieving our state’s academic goals as well as addressing our significant skills gap. North Carolina is well-positioned to make the most of new early learning… Read more »

  • Young NC Children who are Homeless Struggle to Learn

    July 6, 2017

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    Research is clear that children’s earliest experiences build a strong or weak foundation for all future learning and health. The impact of homelessness on young children’s development can be particularly devastating, resulting in changes in brain architecture that can interfere with social-emotional development, self-regulation and cognition. High quality early education settings can serve as a… Read more »

  • Will NC Lead or Lag?

    July 3, 2017

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    What do 14 of the 17 state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education have in common? Chronic absenteeism. States are recognizing that students will benefit with chronic absenteeism included as a measure in school acceptability systems. Chronic absenteeism meets the rigorous ESSA requirements, serves as an early warning system… Read more »

  • Action Alert: NC ESSA Misses Opportunity to Prioritize Young Children’s Success

    June 30, 2017

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    Previously hailed as a forerunner on early learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the recently released revised draft of North Carolina’s ESSA plan no longer prioritizes early learning or recognizes birth-to-eight alignment as a guiding ESSA strategy. Released on June 26 by the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the most recent draft… Read more »

  • Final Birth-through-Eight Provisions in NC’s FY 2017-19 Budget

    June 29, 2017

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    Having overridden Governor Roy Cooper’s veto, the North Carolina General Assembly has finalized the state’s budget for FY 2017-19. It includes several provisions impacting children birth through age eight. Highlights include: Creation of a Birth through Third Grade Interagency Council and an Associate Superintendent of Early Education. Expanded funding for NC Pre-K to serve an… Read more »

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