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  • North Carolina to Participate in National Early Care and Education Workforce Project

    April 20, 2018

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    (Excerpted from the Press Release) North Carolina is among six states selected to receive grants and technical support to identify opportunities to improve their Early Care and Education (ECE) workforces, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) announced this week. The $12,500 grants are being distributed by the NGA in partnership with the Council of Chief State… Read more »

  • Experts Convene to Improve Data Collection for Pathways Measures of Success

    April 19, 2018

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    Improving the quality, collection and analysis of North Carolina’s data on children and families is one of the goals of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) initiative. Pathways is partnering with the NC Institute of Medicine to kick off that work. A working group of data experts met this week to identify data gaps… Read more »

  • NC Holds Steady on Reading Scores

    April 16, 2018

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    About the same percentage of NC fourth graders are reading proficiently as two years ago – 39 percent in 2017 vs. 38 percent in 2015 – according to data released last week from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Most student subgroups scored about the same as in 2015 as well, with one notable… Read more »

  • Webinar: How Can We Finance Early Learning?

    April 14, 2018

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    High-quality early care and education for children from birth to kindergarten entry is critical to positive child development and has the potential to generate economic returns, which benefit not only children and their families, but society at large. Despite the great promise of early care and education, it has been financed in such a way… Read more »

  • NC Early Education Coalition Honors State Legislative Early Childhood Education Champions

    April 5, 2018

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    The NC Early Education Coalition honored five North Carolina legislators with 2018 Early Education Champion awards in recognition of their efforts to promote early childhood education and support young children and families. “State policymakers are stepping up to be early childhood education champions, and know that early childhood education offers a solid return on investment…. Read more »

  • Are you registered for the Pathways Pre-conference at Smart Start?

    April 5, 2018

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    Join us on April 30th for a special pre-conference session to learn how your community can move to aligned action using the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading model. What would be possible if we adopted shared, whole child, birth-to-age-eight measures that put young children and their families on a pathway to success? Or if we aligned… Read more »

  • Communities Selected for New “KidsReadyNC” Initiative

    April 4, 2018

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    The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University today announced the selection of Catawba, Chowan, Randolph and Rockingham Counties for participation in KidsReadyNC, a new, 18-month initiative designed to help selected Tier 1 or Tier 2 communities strengthen leadership capacity within their local early childhood development systems. Catawba (Catawba Partnership for Children) Chowan (Chowan CARES)… Read more »

  • New Tools to Promote Young Children’s Mental Health in Early Childhood Programs

    March 31, 2018

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    A new Toolbox offers free interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and other resources to help adults who work with young children (from infants through transition to kindergarten) incorporate early childhood mental health consultation into early childhood programs. Early childhood mental health consultation puts experts in early childhood mental health into classrooms and other settings to:… Read more »

  • ESSA Implementation Across the States: How do NC’s Early Education Plans Stack Up?

    March 31, 2018

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    There is evidence from across the nation and from North Carolina that elementary school principals, pressured by the high stakes testing in grades 3 through 5, move their higher-performing teachers into the tested grades, and lower-performing teachers into grades K-2. Studies have looked at data across time and found that this practice increased with the… Read more »

  • Catch up with NCECF Executive Director Tracy Zimmerman on Recent Early Childhood Initiatives

    March 31, 2018

    Posted in News

    Did you know that 70 percent of employers in North Carolina understand that family-friendly workplace policies are important, both for children’s healthy development and for their own bottom lines? And that half are looking to expand their family-friendly policies in the next few years? Check out this 10-minute NC Policy Watch interview with NC Early… Read more »