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

    June 19, 2014

    Posted in News

    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

    Posted in News

    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 »

  • 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 »