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  • First 2000 Days Community Summits Attract New Champions

    June 18, 2014

    Posted in News

    Whiteville, NC Mayor Terry Mann, Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher and District Attorney Jon David were among the participants in the recent Columbus County Partnership for Children’s First 2000 Days Community Summit. These public officials and other community leaders came together to hear why early childhood learning is key to later learning, health and life… Read more »

  • A Look At the NC House and Senate Budget Proposals: Impact on Children 0-8

    June 11, 2014

    Posted in News

    With the release of the NC House of Representatives’ budget this week and the Senate passing its proposal last month, a clearer picture is emerging of the direction the state will take in the upcoming fiscal year. Four notable trends are evident in the early childhood budgets proposed by each body. Both budgets: Increase funding… Read more »

  • Business, Faith and Law Enforcement Leaders Join First 2000 Days Initiative to Support Early Learning

    June 6, 2014

    Posted in News, Press Release

    A police chief, a regional bank manager and an attorney for a multinational corporation are traveling across North Carolina to speak about early development and learning. These professionals are part of a statewide effort – The First 2000 Days – to educate and engage the public about how early learning impacts all North Carolinians –… Read more »

  • Mayors Seek Support for Early Learning Nation

    May 29, 2014

    Posted in News

    At its June annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote on a resolution to support a national commitment to building an Early Learning Nation by the year 2025. Cities are engaging in some of the country’s most innovative early childhood work, and the resolution provides an opportunity to call attention to the role… Read more »

  • UPDATE: NC’s Early Intervention for Children Birth to 3 in Limbo

    May 22, 2014

    Posted in News

    North Carolina’s early intervention program – NC Infant Toddler Program—is in a state of flux as the N.C. Department of Health Human Services works to manage funding and staffing reductions mandated in the 2013 Budget.1 With early intervention in the news, it’s a good time to review the topic. What is Early Intervention? Why is… Read more »

  • NC Pre-K Meets All NIEER Quality Benchmarks

    May 14, 2014

    Posted in News

    Once again North Carolina is one of only five states to meet all 10 NIEER quality preschool benchmarks, according to the State of Preschool 2013 report released yesterday. The benchmarks include: Policy Benchmark Early Learning Standards Comprehensive Teacher Degree BA Teacher Specialized Training Specializing in Pre-K Assistant Teacher Degree CDA or Equivalent Teacher In-service At… Read more »

  • Preschool Development Grants: More than Meets the Eye

    May 13, 2014

    Posted in News

    Policy is catching up with knowledge. For researchers and scientists, the idea that birth through age eight represents a critical developmental period for children is not new. Their work studying the developing brain and how children learn has been published in numerous scientific journals. What is new is a growing understanding that policies that invest… Read more »

  • Financing Quality

    May 12, 2014

    Posted in News

    In her Keynote at the 2014 National Smart Start Conference last week, Linda K. Smith referred to the new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships as a strategy to finance quality. Our ears perked up. We’ve heard much about the partnerships, and this was the first time we’d heard them described in that manner. Smith is… Read more »

  • Building Adult Capabilities

    May 8, 2014

    Posted in News

    The thing about science is it’s rarely finished – questions answered prompt new questions to be asked. And so it is with the work of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University. Just when you thought you had the neuroscience down, they share new research about early childhood programs and a new paradigm… Read more »

  • 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 »