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  • MOOC Opportunity: Teaching Foundational Reading Skills

    September 25, 2017

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    The Friday Institute at NC State University is offering a MOOC-ED, Teaching Foundational Reading Skills MOOC-Ed, to help participants more effectively prepare students in grades K–3 with the skills they need to become successful readers.The MOOC-Ed is organized around the recommendations of the Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Practice… Read more »

  • ESSA Plans Are In; NC is One of Only Nine States to Forego Measure of Overall Child Well-Being

    September 25, 2017

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    States have submitted their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans to the federal Department of Education, and according to an analysis by Child Trends, North Carolina is one of only nine states to include only academic indicators in their proposed accountability systems. Forty-one states and DC chose to include some measure of overall child well-being… Read more »

  • Young Child Tax Credit Would Target Families of Most Vulnerable Children during Most Critical Years

    September 20, 2017

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    Early childhood is the fastest period of brain development in human life, and family economic security during these critical brain-building years is essential to ensure healthy development. Children whose families are struggling to make ends meet are less likely than their peers to have access to high quality early childhood education, regular preventive health care,… Read more »

  • Dear State Legislator… Early Educators Share How Policymakers Can Support Them and the Families They Serve

    September 19, 2017

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    At this year’s North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (NCaeyc) annual conference, early educators raised their voices to help state legislators understand what supports they and the families they work with need to best support young children’s success. Early educators were asked – What do you need to support you in proving… Read more »

  • What’s the Difference? Pathways and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

    September 17, 2017

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    Let’s face it, it’s confusing. The names sound similar, they are led by the same organization, and many people just don’t get the distinctions between the two. We hope to eliminate that confusion with our new FAQ! If you have other questions, please send them our way after reading through what we have here. What… Read more »

  • NC Meets or Exceeds Many New Requirements for Federal Child Care Dollars; Updates Planned for Others

    September 13, 2017

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    A recent report by the National Women’s Law Center tracked states’ progress in implementing the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization by looking at state policies and policy changes in a few key areas. National advocates are concerned that while these updates aimed to improve the quality of care and make it… Read more »

  • Getting the 2020 Census Right Means Taking Action Now

    September 11, 2017

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    Children under age four are at the highest risk for being undercounted in the Census. The Census Bureau estimates that over 25,000 young children in North Carolina were not counted in the 2010 census—the 8th highest amount in the country. Since Census numbers are used to determine funding for many early childhood programs, undercounting North… Read more »

  • Webinar Highlights Consensus on Pre-K as Part of Birth-through-Age-Eight Continuum

    September 11, 2017

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    Is there agreement on the benefits of high quality prekindergarten? What’s the current state of scientific knowledge on the effects of prekindergarten? What does the research show are the outcomes for NC Pre-K? How does pre-k fit into the birth-through-age-eight continuum, and what does it mean for the years that come before and after? These… Read more »

  • How to Build a Better Birth-through-Eight System

    September 9, 2017

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    A recent article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports efforts to build comprehensive, cross-sector, birth-through-age-eight early childhood systems. Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood notes that current child- and family-serving systems are limited in their effectiveness because of restrictions on who they can serve (children vs. parents, age ranges of children) and… Read more »

  • What Works for High Quality Birth-to-Age Eight Early Care and Elementary Education? 

    September 7, 2017

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    September is Attendance month, and NCECF is excited to feature another What Works for Third-Grade Reading working paper that addresses one of the important factors influencing both regular school attendance and third grade reading proficiency. What Works for Third Grade Reading: High Quality Birth-to-Age Eight Early Care and Elementary Education considers why high quality education… Read more »

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