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  • Raising Parent Voice to Guide Early Childhood Policy

    December 13, 2017

    Posted in News

    A new report synthesizes the voices of more than 2,000 North Carolina parents and identifies themes around what helps and hinders them as they support their young children’s healthy development. Not About Me, Without Me: Raising Parent Voice to Guide Early Childhood Policy is a meta-analysis of 18 parent surveys, focus groups, and meetings from… Read more »

  • Strengthening the Birth-through-Eight Continuum through the Every Student Succeeds Act; Hands-On Support for Developing NC District Plans

    December 5, 2017

    Posted in News

    Register now – space is limited! The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides new opportunities for school districts to strengthen the birth-through-third grade continuum – a critical strategy to improve third grade reading proficiency. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are required to engage early learning stakeholders in developing district ESSA plans for the 2018-19 academic year…. Read more »

  • Webinar for NC Early Learning Leaders on Every Student Succeeds Act

    November 30, 2017

    Posted in News

    Strengthening the Birth-through-Eight Continuum through the Every Student Succeeds Act: Opportunities for Local Early Learning Leaders December 15, 2017 11 AM – Noon Register Now! Join us on December 15 for a webinar designed for North Carolina Head Start Directors, Smart Start partnerships, Title I early learning leaders, and early learning professionals to learn about new… Read more »

  • What Works for Reading with Children?

    November 26, 2017

    Posted in News

    What Works for Third Grade Reading: Reading with Children considers why early reading with children matters for third grade reading proficiency, outlines its connection with other factors that impact early literacy, and highlights options that have been shown to move the needle on children’s social-emotional health outcomes. It is one of 12 new working papers that offer… Read more »

  • American Enterprise Institute Discusses Role of Tax Credits in Reducing Child Care Expenses

    November 17, 2017

    Posted in News

    Can the tax system be used to help working families afford child care? An event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute this week delved into that question by dissecting a bipartisan, bicameral bill that aims to reform the Child and Dependent Tax Credit and Flexible Spending Accounts, aiming to reduce the burden of child care… Read more »

  • Early Literacy Home Visiting Program Shows Promise

    November 16, 2017

    Posted in News

    A short-term evaluation  of Book Harvest’s Book Babies program shows participants exhibited statistically significant differences in performance on key measures related to reading and kindergarten readiness skills when measured against a comparison group. The evaluation was completed by the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy (FFFP).  Book Babies works to enable school readiness for… Read more »

  • County Recognizes Early Learning as Economic Development

    November 15, 2017

    Posted in News

    If I told you that a county in North Carolina took economic development incentive funds and invested them in early learning, would you believe it? Well that is exactly what happened recently in Buncombe County. Economic development incentives are used at the state and local levels to attract or retain business operations. They can take… Read more »

  • Pathways Update and New Resources

    November 9, 2017

    Posted in News

    The Pathways Initiative is going full steam ahead! Here’s a quick update on where we are in the process and some resources we wanted to share with you.   Update on Design Teams The first two phases of the Pathways work (Data Action Team and Learning Teams  were to agree on a framework of shared measures of… Read more »

  • New Research Finds Health Problems from ACEs Start by Third Grade

    November 8, 2017

    Posted in News

    Since the first ACE study in the mid-1990s, the research has been clear that having multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) leads to a higher risk of medical problems as an adult. New research has now found that there are short-term health and wellness implications of ACEs as well:  Kids as young as nine years old… Read more »

  • NCECF ED Appointed to Statewide Children’s Health, Education and Well-Being Task Forces

    November 7, 2017

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Raleigh – Tracy Zimmerman, Executive Director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF), has been appointed to the NC General Assembly’s new Birth-to-Eight Interagency Task Force. Recognizing the unique period of child development from birth to age eight, the General Assembly has charged the Task Force with creating a coordinated system of early care,… Read more »