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  • Preschool Development Grants: NC Eligible to Receive $20 Million Plus

    August 20, 2014

    Posted in News

    The application for the Preschool Development Grants is now available. The $250 million initiative will support states in building, developing and expanding voluntary, high-quality preschool programs for children from low- and moderate-income families. Awards will be made to state agencies. Applications are due October 14, 2014. Awards will be announced in December 2014. Why Preschool Full-day, high-quality… Read more »

  • Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

    August 3, 2014

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    Cliché? Perhaps . . . Yet when it comes to policy change, it is all about will – public will. Creating sustainable change requires intentional and ongoing building of public will. NCECF focuses on empowering people with information that connects them to early childhood through their own values, experiences and relationships. That’s the focus of… Read more »

  • New Report Shows Gains in Health and Education for NC Children; NC Ranked 34 in Child Well-Being

    July 22, 2014

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    This year’s KIDS COUNT Data Book shows mixed results for North Carolina. While North Carolina children experienced significant long-term gains in health and education, they also faced setbacks in family economic security. The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines 16 measures of child well-being. North Carolina ranks: 34th in the nation for Overall Child Well-being 38th in Economic Well-Being 39th… Read more »

  • Voters Want Early Childhood Investments

    July 17, 2014

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    Policymakers need to look no further than early childhood investments to find an issue that unites voters from all political backgrounds. That’s the key finding from a poll released today by the bipartisan polling team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates. The poll was commissioned by the First Five Years Fund. Voters (85%) say making sure that… Read more »

  • Early Childhood Must-Reads

    July 9, 2014

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    Summer reading isn’t just for kids! We are sharing our favorite blogs and e-newsletters that we follow to keep up-to-date on issues impacting early development and learning policy. CLASP Child Care and Early Ed Updates: CLASP promotes policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents. It studies the relationships between… Read more »

  • Will You Apply? EHS-Child Care Partnerships Grants

    July 1, 2014

    Posted in News

    Forget summer vacation, you have a grant to write! The Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships grant applications are due August 20 2014. The good news – there is a 75-page limit. The goal of the partnerships is to raise the quality of child care for infants and toddlers across the country. Currently, Early… Read more »

  • Mayors Learn about Building An Early Learning Nation

    June 23, 2014

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    The U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote on a resolution today supporting creating an early learning nation by 2025. In North Carolina, the following mayors signed on to the Resolution before the meeting: Concord: J. Scott Padgett Durham: William Bell Indian Trail: Michael Alvarez Monroe: Bobby Kilgore New Bern: Dana E. Outlaw Rocky Mount: David… Read more »

  • Faith Leaders Deliver First 2000 Days Message

    June 23, 2014

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    Faith leaders and congregation members continue to come together across NC to discuss how they can support children’s early learning. Inspired by regional summits sponsored by the North Carolina Partnership for Children, three Community Faith Summits were held this spring in Brunswick, Craven and Rockingham counties. Local Smart Starts hosted the summits and First 2000… Read more »

  • UPDATE: For Some Turning 6 May Mean Losing Programs that Boost Academic Success

    June 19, 2014

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    Action Needed Under Proposed NC Budgets, When Children Turn 6, Many May Lose Access to High Quality Programs that Boost Academic Success The budgets proposed by both the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives change the eligibility criteria for working families to access assistance to afford quality child care. Many children may lose child care assistance… Read more »

  • Governors Release Early Education Principles

    June 18, 2014

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    As the federal government considers proposals to advance early childhood education, the National Governors Association released guiding principles to ensure a strong state-federal partnership. The principles focus on the role of states in developing high-quality early education systems, including governors taking the lead role in a state-federal early education partnership, the federal government providing states maximum… Read more »