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  • Coach K on Early Learning

    March 21, 2016

    Posted in News

    Today the Invest in US campaign and Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski – the winningest coach in NCAA men’s basketball history – released a video speaking to the importance of early learning opportunities for at-risk children. Coach K – founder of the Emily K Center and the first in his family to attend college –… Read more »

  • Register Now: Pre-conference on Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

    March 18, 2016

    Posted in News

    Join us at the 2016 National Smart Start Conference on May 2nd  to learn how communities across the nation are working together to make measurable progress on third grade literacy. Register here. Lackluster third grade reading results are inspiring communities to rethink their approach to literacy. Recognizing that reading begins at birth and is rooted in… Read more »

  • Gaston County Joins Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

    March 2, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Gastonia, North Carolina. March 2, 2016 – Gaston County community leaders are coming together to improve student success by joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR), a nationwide movement to increase early reading proficiency. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a shared effort by funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across… Read more »

  • Webinar: Every Student Succeeds Act Provides New Opportunities for Birth-through-Third Grade Alignment and Funding in North Carolina

    March 2, 2016

    Posted in News

    In December, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (previously No Child Left Behind).  The law strengthens federal support for early learning and provides new opportunities for birth-through-third grade alignment, accountability and funding. Join us on April 6, 2016 from 2 PM through 3 :30 PM for a webinar on Every Student Succeeds Act: New Opportunities… Read more »

  • NC Lawmakers Focus on Early Learning

    February 29, 2016

    Posted in News

    Early learning was the focus of the NC House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices last week. On February 25, the NC House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices discussed prekindergarten, including the recent evaluation of Tennessee’s pre-kindergarten program. Tennessee made national headlines recently when evaluators found that gains evident at kindergarten were… Read more »

  • NC Education Committee Discusses Early Learning

    February 24, 2016

    Posted in News

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  • Every Student Succeeds Act Strengthens Federal Support for Early Learning

    February 23, 2016

    Posted in News

    In December, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), previously No Child Left Behind.  The law, which goes fully into effect in the 2017/18 school year, strengthens federal support for early childhood, explicitly stating that schools can and should collaborate with preschool programs. Highlights include: Literacy Education for All, Results for… Read more »

  • State’s Leading Experts Collaborate on Grade-Level Reading

    February 16, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Thirty experts from North Carolina’s leading universities, research institutes, government agencies, businesses and think tanks are working together to identify whole-child, research-based, birth-to-eight measures of success that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading. They are part of a Data Action Team for the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading. The NC Pathways to Grade-Level… Read more »

  • New NC Child Health Report Card: Improvements In Parents’ Health and Insurance Needed To Help Kids

    February 16, 2016

    Posted in News

    North Carolina’s latest child health report card tracking 40 areas of child health, shows progress in some areas while others lag behind.  The report card is issued annually by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) and NC Child, and reports on such health concerns and risk factors as asthma, teen births, infant mortality, and child… Read more »

  • The Belk Foundation and ChildTrust Invest in Early Literacy

    February 10, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    ChildTrust and The Belk Foundation and are investing in early literacy through grants to the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF). With its $85,000 award, ChildTrust will support NCECF’s role as the state lead for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and… Read more »