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  • Wake County Faith Summit Discusses Early Childhood

    March 20, 2014

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    NCECF Executive Director Susan Perry-Manning was the keynote speaker at today’s Wake County SmartStart Faith Breakfast. The event was co-chaired by Rabbi Lucy Dinner, Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Or and Rev. Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church. More than 50 faith leaders gathered to learn about early child development… Read more »

  • TODAY: Public Meeting for New Preschool Competition

    March 20, 2014

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    The following is from the U.S. Department of Education Public Meeting for New Preschool Competition March 20, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET Live Streamed at http://edstream.ed.gov/webcast/Play/06af25dead644f46b2e786e7683e87051d. Public Comment Web Site Closes March 21st 5:00p.m. ET We encourage all interested parties to submit opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments pertaining to the new competition on this dedicated Web… Read more »

  • Getting Started on EHS – Child Care Partnerships

    March 16, 2014

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    UPDATE MARCH 20: March 14 webinar, “Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships: Getting Started” is now available online.  Partnership was the word of the day on the first Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships Grants webinar, titled Getting Started, hosted by the Administration for Children and Families.  Presenters emphasized the intensive work needed… Read more »

  • Tapping into the Currency of Influence

    March 13, 2014

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    A central part of our Theory of Change is building public will by empowering people with information and connecting them to early childhood issues through their own values, experiences and relationships. So, it was very exciting to watch Julie Dixon’s TedTalk, Using Your Social Currency to Support Global Causes. She talks about the value of… Read more »

  • UPDATE: Child Care Subsidy to Get an Update

    March 12, 2014

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    March 13, 2014: The Senate passed the Child Care Development Block Grant. It’s on to the House of Representatives! Today’s high school seniors weren’t born. Mother Theresa and Princess Diana were alive. Pokemon didn’t exist. The world in 1996 – the last time the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) was authorized. It hasn’t been… Read more »

  • Submit Comments for Preschool Development Grants Competition

    March 10, 2014

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    The Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) are seeking input on the $250 million appropriated by Congress for the new Preschool Development Grants competition as they develop  requirements, priorities and selection criteria. The grants will providing funding to states to develop, enhance or expand high-quality preschool programs that include comprehensive services… Read more »

  • Susan Perry-Manning Elected to NAEYC Governing Board

    March 7, 2014

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    NCECF Executive Director Susan Perry-Manning was elected Secretary of the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. It has nearly 80,000 members from more than 300 Affiliates and more than 120 countries, including teachers, administrators, parents, educators,… Read more »

  • 180 People Gather in Wilmington for First 2,000 Days Community Summit

    March 3, 2014

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    On February 17, Smart Start of New Hanover County and local faith leaders hosted more than 180 people at its First 2000 Days Community Summit.  The summit was held to highlight the importance of investments in early childhood to community leaders, educators, parents and concerned citizens.  Developmental pediatrician Dr. Sharon Cooper and the NC Early… Read more »

  • All NC Child Care Rules Subject to Review

    March 3, 2014

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    All North Carolina child care rules will be reviewed as required by legislation passed last session, The Periodic Review and Expiration of Rules. The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE), along with the NC Child Care Commission will review all child care rules, and the NC Social Services Commission is responsible for reviewing… Read more »

  • NC Leads in Offering Full-Day Kindergarten

    February 26, 2014

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    “The notion that our country has a PreK-12 education system is a misconception; what we really have is a 1st-12th grade system of education. Neither pre-K nor kindergarten are fully woven into public education and are often treated as add-ons or afterthoughts.” So begins a new report The New America Foundation, Lessons for the Nation… Read more »