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  • 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

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    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 »

  • Watch it Live! White House Summit on Early Education

    December 9, 2014

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    On Wednesday, December 10 the White House will host a Summit on Early Education – a convening of prominent business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public committed to the expansion of high-quality early education opportunities for children across the country from birth through school entry. 8:25 AM Opening Remarks by Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia… Read more »

  • Deadlines to Implement Child Care & Development Block Grant Reauthorization

    December 3, 2014

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    On November 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. It is the first time the program has been reauthorized in 18 years.  The law includes several new requirements, including health and safety requirements for child care providers, family-friendly eligibility policies, and transparent information about the child… Read more »