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  • Public Comment Sought for New Preschool Development Grants Competition

    May 7, 2014

    Posted in News

    After reviewing over 500 comments on its website, The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have issued draft requirements for their new preschool development grants competition. The deadline to submit comments is Friday May 16 at 5pm EDT.  Draft requirements for Development Grants. Draft requirements for Expansion Grants. The Preschool Development Grants competition supports States to… Read more »

  • Accelerating What Works: Full-Day Pre-K

    April 29, 2014

    Posted in News

    When it comes to pre-k, some is good, and more is better. Full-day public prekindergarten programs are proving to be a birth-to-eight policy strategy that produces significant outcomes for children, providing a path to reading proficiency by the end of third grade. In the coming year, more communities will have the opportunity to provide public… Read more »

  • NC Project LAUNCH Gaining National Recognition

    April 29, 2014

    Posted in News

    Alamance County is part of an exciting new program that promotes the health and wellness of young children birth to age eight and their families. NC Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) supports young children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development to help strengthen families and promote parent-child interactions that support healthy development. The program integrates several areas… Read more »

  • Governor’s Policy Advisor Talks Education Policy

    April 22, 2014

    Posted in News

    Educators should drive education policy. That was one of many points of agreement between Eric Guckian, Governor Pat McCrory’s Senior Advisor on Education, and his co-panelist Representative Graig Meyer at the April 21st forum, Visions for Successful K-12 Education in North Carolina. While the pair fielded questions on a variety of education topics, they spoke… Read more »

  • First 2000 Days Faith Summits Inspire Support for Early Learning

    April 22, 2014

    Posted in News

    Can inspiration actually come from a single meeting? Faith leaders and early childhood education supporters think so.  They have been holding regional and local summits across the state to discuss the role of congregations in building a strong foundation for the learning and health of young children. Research shows that a strong foundation for young… Read more »

  • Cities Leading in Innovation for End of 3rd Grade Success

    April 21, 2014

    Posted in News

    Municipalities across the country are taking the lead on innovation to ensure that more children are succeeding by the end of third grade. Their approach — the alignment of early care and education programs with K-12 education systems. A new report by the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, Educational Alignment for… Read more »

  • NC Pre-K Children Have Greater Gains than Expected

    April 17, 2014

    Posted in News

    Children in NC Pre-K are progressing at an even greater rate than expected for normal growth, according to the program’s evaluation released this week. The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has been evaluating North Carolina’s prekindergarten program since its inception. Students enrolled in NC Pre-K… Read more »

  • Can Taxes Fight Child Poverty?

    April 15, 2014

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    As tax season comes to a close today, millions of low-income working families will have filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the nation’s most effective government policies for promoting work and reducing child poverty. What is the EITC? The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low and moderate-income working families and… Read more »

  • Children of Color Face Greater Barriers to Realizing Their Potential

    April 10, 2014

    Posted in News

    Children of color face greater barriers to realizing their potential, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children. A child’s ability to realize his or her potential is largely shaped by her experiences from birth to age eight. That’s because… Read more »

  • Parent Aggravation Up Significantly

    April 8, 2014

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    While frustration is a normal part of parenthood, too much of it can impact the ability to parent effectively. So a new report by Child Trends on parent aggravation levels is cause for some concern. Researchers found that between 1997 and 2011/12, the proportion of parents reporting aggravation increased by more than 50 percent. In… Read more »