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  • NC State Board of Education Establishes Definition of Chronic Absenteeism

    February 21, 2018

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    The NC State Board of Education has established a standard definition of chronic absenteeism to be used in public schools across the state. The Board’s definition is consistent with guidance shared by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) and the national organization Attendance Works to define chronic absence as missing more than 10 percent… Read more »

  • Foundations Invest in NC Early Childhood Foundation to Support Children’s Success

    February 20, 2018

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    The Goodnight Educational Foundation and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation are investing in the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) to advance its vision that each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for lifelong health, education and well-being supported by a premiere birth-to-age-eight system. NCECF received: A one-year grant of $85,000 from The Z. Smith Reynolds… Read more »

  • What Works to Keep Children Safe at Home?

    February 20, 2018

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    The What Works for Third Grade Reading: Safe at Home working paper considers why reducing child abuse and neglect matters for third grade reading proficiency, outlines the connection with other factors that impact early literacy, and highlights options that have been shown to keep young children safe at home. Children’s brains are built from the bottom… Read more »

  • NC Governor Names Early Childhood Advisory Council

    February 19, 2018

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    Gov. Cooper issued an executive order to reauthorize North Carolina’s council. Federal law requires each state to establish an early childhood advisory council. North Carolina’s Early Childhood Advisory Council provides leadership in the development of a premiere early learning and development system for children birth to age 8. NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) is included in… Read more »

  • Food Assistance Reduces Number of Children Living in Poverty

    February 18, 2018

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    Food assistance does more than help ensure that children don’t go hungry; it reduces the number of children living in poverty, according to a new report by The Urban Institute. That’s because when families receive support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) they are more likely to have resources available to meet other basic… Read more »

  • NC Class Size Fix includes PreK Expansion

    February 12, 2018

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    Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore held a joint press conference last week to announce a compromise on the new state requirement to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grade later this year. The new plan would: Phase in implementation of class size reductions over the next four years, with no change… Read more »

  • UPDATE: Federal Budget Deal includes Historic Increase for Child Care

    February 12, 2018

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    UPDATE: February 14, 2018 CLASP and the National Women’s Law Center explain the budget deal in this FAQ. It includes important clarifications, including the following: “While Congress passed, and Trump signed, a budget that sets overall spending levels, it has not yet passed a FY 2018 appropriations bill setting specific spending levels for individual programs…. Read more »

  • Districts Make Commitments to Birth-through-Eight Strategies

    February 12, 2018

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    In January, the NC Early Childhood Foundation toured the state hosting regional forums to support Local Education Agencies in including birth-through-eight strategies in their district plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). More than 380 people (representing 80 district and two charter school teams) attended forums in Greenville, Fayetteville, Asheville and Winston Salem. Each team developed… Read more »

  • National Attendance Expert Meets with NC Leaders

    February 12, 2018

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    More than 40 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading community leaders and Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Regular School Attendance Design Team members came together recently to discuss how to tackle chronic absence in NC.  The strategy discussion, hosted by the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF), featured Hedy Chang, executive director of Attendance Works. Attendance Works is a… Read more »

  • Birth – 3rd Grade Interagency Council Holds First Meeting

    February 9, 2018

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    The newly formed Birth through 3rd Grade Interagency Council had its first meeting on January 31st. The meeting focused on laying the foundation for the Council’s work. The agenda included overviews of: Early brain development by Dr. Kelly Sullivan, Director of Mental Health Services, Duke Center for Child and Family Health. Dr. Sullivan also discussed… Read more »