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  • Parents as Consumers – How and Why Parents Make Choices about Early Childhood Development

    March 30, 2018

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    Did you miss our webinar sharing new research on what parents are looking for in early childhood programs? Watch the recording to hear from Marianna McCall, Founding Partner of Trust for Learning and Rich Neimand, President of the Neimand Collaborative. They share their findings including that: Parents clearly see highly personalized learning as ideal, and they know it when… Read more »

  • Business Leaders Discuss Opportunities of Family Friendly Workplaces

    March 25, 2018

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    Business Leaders Discuss Opportunities of Family Friendly Workplaces NCECF kicked off Family Forward NC at the Institute for Emerging Issues 2018 Forum – kidoNomiCs.  Participants heard from a range of businesses about the benefits and challenges they face in offering family friendly policies that provide an economic advantage.  Results of research from North Carolina businesses and employees were… Read more »

  • Calls for Investments in Positive School Climates Can Also Support Grade Level-Reading

    March 24, 2018

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    Two recent issues that may at first blush seem unrelated both highlight the importance of addressing social-emotional health and social-emotional learning in schools in order to build safe, positive school climates. Improving school climate to reduce the risk of gun violence The NC House Select Committee on School Safety, a 41-member committee formed the week… Read more »

  • Congress Passes Spending Bill that Reflects Americans’ Strong Support of Early Learning

    March 23, 2018

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    Congress has passed a spending bill for 2018, and it increases funding for early childhood, including child care, early learning, and early intervention, reflecting the priorities of most Americans. The plan includes: $2.37 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. As we reported in February, those federal funds are used in North… Read more »

  • Pathways to Grade Level Reading Design Teams Prioritize Strategies to Move to Action

    March 23, 2018

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    This week, the three Pathways Design Teams prioritized a set of strategies to move to action on in North Carolina. The strategies aim to improve outcomes in three areas that are critical to ensure children are reading on grade level by the end of third grade: Regular School Attendance High Quality Birth through age Eight… Read more »

  • Is North Carolina Preparing Birth-through-Third Grade Educators for the Complex Jobs We Ask Them to Do?

    March 18, 2018

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    Recent research has found that young children’s academic skills and social-emotional learning are more intertwined than previously thought. And the quality of children’s learning environments matters—for both academic growth and for gaining critical social-emotional skills. What does that mean for classroom teachers? The findings suggest that to be most effective in fostering their young students’… Read more »

  • Join the conversation: Education & economic opportunity in your community

    March 18, 2018

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    The myFutureNC Commission is launching a Listening Tour to collect ideas and feedback about strengthening educational and economic opportunities in North Carolina. The Commission — composed of state leaders in education, business, philanthropy, government, and faith‐based and nonprofit communities — is tasked with reimagining the ways our communities, regions, and state support an individual’s journey from pre-Kindergarten through… Read more »

  • Are Child Care Centers Directors and Elementary School Principals Prepared to Lead on Early Literacy?

    March 12, 2018

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    When it comes to birth-through-age-eight care and education, leadership matters. For child care center directors and elementary school principals, research demonstrates that level of formal education and knowledge of child development impact their students’ early literacy. School leader preparation indicators are included in the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading measures of success, including: Percent of birth-through-age-eight early… Read more »

  • What Works for Promotion to Next Grade?

    March 11, 2018

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    As we enter the last quarter of the 2017-18 school year, NCECF is excited to feature the final What Works for Third Grade Reading working paper:  What Works for Promotion to the Next Grade? The resource is one of 12 new working papers that offer research-based policy, practice and program options to states and communities… Read more »

  • Share your Early Care and Education Ideas with the State to Help Determine Funding Priorities

    March 11, 2018

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    We recently wrote about the increase in federal child care subsidy dollars passed by Congress in February (final spending levels will be set later this month). If federal child care funds coming to North Carolina are indeed doubled, our state will need to decide which priorities to invest the new funds in. The NC Division… Read more »