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  • Save the Date: Early Childhood Research Symposium

    June 23, 2015

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      The Institute for Child Success (ICS) Research Committee will be hosting a symposium on research impacting the health, development, and safety of young children on October 15-16 in Greenville, SC. The symposium will address a range of issues and themes relating to the health and wellbeing of young children. Plenary speakers include some of… Read more »

  • NC House and Senate Differ on Early Learning

    June 18, 2015

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    The NC Senate budget proposal released this week takes a different approach to early learning from the budget passed last month by the NC House of Representatives. Some of the provisions that will need to be hammered out in Conference Committee are highlighted below. Download a chart comparing House and Senate provisions related to children birth to… Read more »

  • Wells Fargo Invests in Early Literacy; Supports NC Early Childhood Foundation’s Campaign

    June 16, 2015

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    Wells Fargo is investing in early literacy through a grant to the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF). With its $10,000 award, Wells Fargo will support NCECF’s work to advance policies and practices that put children on a pathway to third grade reading proficiency. The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders,… Read more »

  • Build a Scaffolding of Support

    June 15, 2015

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    Professor James Heckman is frequently asked, “If we had X dollars to invest in reducing inequality or promoting human capital development, where should we invest it?” His new paper, Build a Scaffolding of Support, provides the answers. He outlines eight key points: Pre-distributing wealth is much more effective than redistributing wealth. Resist the temptation to look… Read more »

  • First 2,000 Days Increasing Knowledge and Skills

    June 2, 2015

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    An evaluation of the First 2000 Days, NCECF’s signature initiative, shows gains in knowledge of early childhood development and public engagement skills and in expanding support. The Thorman Strategy Group completed an independent evaluation of the First 2000 Days public engagement effort. The evaluation included surveys of Smart Start local partnership staff, board members, Champions and community… Read more »

  • Where Children Live in NC Predicts Life Expectancy

    May 26, 2015

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    A baby born in North Carolina County is expected to live 78.3 years. However, life expectancies vary significantly by a child’s county of residence, according to new county data cards released by NC Child. The average life expectancy for a child born in Watauga County is 81 years – on par with Japan, where residents have… Read more »

  • NC Pre-K One of Six State Programs in Nation to Meet All NIEER Quality Benchmarks

    May 11, 2015

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      North Carolina’s NC Pre-K is once again rated among the highest in the nation. It is one of only six state programs to meet all 10 NIEER quality preschool benchmarks, according to the State of Preschool 2014 report released yesterday. The benchmarks include: Policy Benchmark Early Learning Standards Comprehensive Teacher Degree BA Teacher Specialized Training Specializing… Read more »

  • 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 »