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  • Where Children Live in NC Predicts Life Expectancy

    May 26, 2015

    Posted in News

    A baby born in North Carolina County is expected to live 78.3 years. However, life expectancies vary significantly by a child’s county of residence, according to new county data cards released by NC Child. The average life expectancy for a child born in Watauga County is 81 years – on par with Japan, where residents have… Read more »

  • NC Pre-K One of Six State Programs in Nation to Meet All NIEER Quality Benchmarks

    May 11, 2015

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      North Carolina’s NC Pre-K is once again rated among the highest in the nation. It is one of only six state programs to meet all 10 NIEER quality preschool benchmarks, according to the State of Preschool 2014 report released yesterday. The benchmarks include: Policy Benchmark Early Learning Standards Comprehensive Teacher Degree BA Teacher Specialized Training Specializing… Read more »

  • Children Don’t Come Preassembled

    April 17, 2015

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    Kate Gallagher, a Scientist with FPG Child Development Institute at UNC, gives an amazing TED Talk about the groundbreaking Abecedarian Study, what children need for optimal development and how investments in high quality early childhood programs benefits every one of us. It’s a must watch video.

  • Early Childhood Budget Trends in North Carolina

    April 14, 2015

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    It’s budget time for the state – a good opportunity to review North Carolina’s history of early childhood investments. Download a pdf of the report. Investing in strategies that focus on children from birth to age eight is the most effective and cost-efficient means to improve third grade outcomes and long-term success for children and… Read more »

  • NC Pre-K Children Outpace Normal Expectations through Kindergarten

    March 26, 2015

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    Students who were enrolled in the NC Pre-K Program are making significant gains across all areas of learning through the end of kindergarten, according to a new report from scientists at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). “Students made progress on most skills through kindergarten at an even greater rate than would be… Read more »

  • NC Leaders Celebrate 20 Years of Progress in Child Health

    March 9, 2015

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    Today, Legislators, officials from the state Department of Health and Human Service and non-profit leaders will celebrate two decades of progress in children’s health at an event marking the 20th anniversary of the North Carolina Child Health Report Card. “The Child Health Report Card has been an invaluable resource over the past two decades,” said Dr. Adam Zolotor,… Read more »

  • NC Lawmakers Hear from Colleagues and Business Leaders on Grade-Level Reading

    March 5, 2015

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    “To increase economic growth and ensure the prosperity of all North Carolinians, we must cultivate a future workforce that is highly literate, knowledgeable, and skilled.  This will only happen when we give each child a fair chance to fulfill his or her potential from the start.” That’s what James Maynard, Co-Founder and Chairman of Golden Corral Corporation, told a room of… Read more »

  • BEST NC Seeks Comment on Draft Vision for NC Education (Birth through Grade 12)

    February 9, 2015

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    BEST NC (Business for Educational Success and Transformation in North Carolina) has released its Proposed North Carolina Education Vision and is seeking public comment through a short survey or by participation in a webinar. (A schedule of webinars is including at the end of this article.) The working document leads with the vision that North… Read more »

  • Did Early Childhood Make the Agenda?

    January 23, 2015

    Posted in News

    It’s been a week of policy announcements!  It’s the legislative season – the 114th Congress has convened, as has the North Carolina General Assembly. The speeches have started and organizations are announcing their legislative agendas. We’ve pulled together a round-up of the early childhood policies being proposed. White House Proposes Comprehensive Child Care Plan Early… Read more »

  • It’s Been Quite a Year!

    December 31, 2014

    Posted in News

    It’s already been more than a year since our organization launched in earnest in the summer of 2013. Together our efforts across North Carolina are building strong public will for policies and investments that improve outcomes for young children. From business boardrooms in Asheville to small churches across the piedmont to economic development offices near… Read more »