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  • 2015-16 NC PreK Evaluation Shows Better Math Skills for Participants

    April 13, 2017

    Posted in News

    Researchers at FPG Child Development Institute released their latest evaluation of NC Pre-K, the state’s public prekindergarten program. NC Pre-K is ranked first in the nation in quality and 41st in access by U.S. News & World Report. Highlights from the 2015-16 evaluation include: Children who attended NC Pre-K performed significantly better on math skills… Read more »

  • Could Better Tax Policy Help Families Pay for Child Care?

    April 10, 2017

    Posted in News

    A national conversation is currently playing out about how to use tax policy to help families pay for child care. High quality child care and early education provides children with a foundation for academic success and supports parents’ ability to work and sustain their families. It also helps build a strong workforce ready for 21st… Read more »

  • Would Your Organization Like to Host a Conversation about Pathways to Grade-Level Reading?

    April 6, 2017

    Posted in News

    The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative requests proposals from local organizations to garner input from local providers serving children from birth through age eight to inform and serve as a formal feedback loop to the state level Pathways process.  Find out more about the Pathways work.   Here’s the RFP and the deadline for proposals is… Read more »

  • Bipartisan Bill Supports Education for Early Childhood Workforce

    April 6, 2017

    Posted in News

    A new bipartisan bill supports the early childhood workforce in developing the skills they need to ensure all NC children are ready for kindergarten and on the pathway to reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Senators Chad Barefoot (R), Jeff Jackson (D), and Jay Chaudhuri (D) introduced a bill that would… Read more »

  • NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Communities Recognized as National Pacesetters

    April 4, 2017

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Congratulations to Read Charlotte and WAKE Up and Read! Both have been recognized as national Pacesetters by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for their work to ensure more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. More than 300 communities across the country are partners in the… Read more »

  • One Million Connections Per Second

    April 2, 2017

    Posted in News

    As scientists continue to learn about the brain, understanding about how the it develops continues to evolve. Recent research suggests that the number of new neural connections forming in the early years of life has been grossly underestimated. Rather than 700 connections per second, scientists now agree that it is more than 1 million new connections… Read more »

  • Successful Policies are Rooted in Parent Experiences – Share Yours!

    March 28, 2017

    Posted in News

    It is time to build on North Carolina’s history of innovation and success to tackle one of the greatest challenges facing the state: the overwhelming majority of our children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Reading well in the early grades predicts a child’s academic and career success. To address this challenge,… Read more »

  • NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Meeting Attracts More than 140 NC Leaders

    March 13, 2017

    Posted in News

    Over 140 state leaders and partners came together last Friday at the Hunt Library in Raleigh to take action on ensuring that more of North Carolina’s children learn to read by third grade. The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading, an initiative of NCECF in collaboration with NC Child, BEST NC and the North Carolina Partnership… Read more »

  • $245,000 Awarded to Achieve Grade-Level Reading in North Carolina

    February 28, 2017

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Raleigh, NC – The NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF), a statewide nonprofit driven by the vision that each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for lifelong health, education and well-being, has been awarded grants totaling $245,000 from The Belk Foundation, Goodnight Educational Foundation, Skeebo Foundation, and Z Smith Reynolds Foundation. The funds will support… Read more »

  • What Does NC Pre-K Cost?

    February 23, 2017

    Posted in News

    In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE), in consultation with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), to study the cost and effectiveness of NC Pre-K. It mandated that DCDEE submit a report on findings and recommendations by February 1, 2017. The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation… Read more »