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  • 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

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    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

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    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 »

  • Building Adult Capabilities

    May 8, 2014

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    The thing about science is it’s rarely finished – questions answered prompt new questions to be asked. And so it is with the work of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University. Just when you thought you had the neuroscience down, they share new research about early childhood programs and a new paradigm… Read more »

  • Public Comment Sought for New Preschool Development Grants Competition

    May 7, 2014

    Posted in News

    After reviewing over 500 comments on its website, The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have issued draft requirements for their new preschool development grants competition. The deadline to submit comments is Friday May 16 at 5pm EDT.  Draft requirements for Development Grants. Draft requirements for Expansion Grants. The Preschool Development Grants competition supports States to… Read more »

  • Accelerating What Works: Full-Day Pre-K

    April 29, 2014

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    When it comes to pre-k, some is good, and more is better. Full-day public prekindergarten programs are proving to be a birth-to-eight policy strategy that produces significant outcomes for children, providing a path to reading proficiency by the end of third grade. In the coming year, more communities will have the opportunity to provide public… Read more »

  • NC Project LAUNCH Gaining National Recognition

    April 29, 2014

    Posted in News

    Alamance County is part of an exciting new program that promotes the health and wellness of young children birth to age eight and their families. NC Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) supports young children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development to help strengthen families and promote parent-child interactions that support healthy development. The program integrates several areas… Read more »

  • Governor’s Policy Advisor Talks Education Policy

    April 22, 2014

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    Educators should drive education policy. That was one of many points of agreement between Eric Guckian, Governor Pat McCrory’s Senior Advisor on Education, and his co-panelist Representative Graig Meyer at the April 21st forum, Visions for Successful K-12 Education in North Carolina. While the pair fielded questions on a variety of education topics, they spoke… Read more »

  • First 2000 Days Faith Summits Inspire Support for Early Learning

    April 22, 2014

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    Can inspiration actually come from a single meeting? Faith leaders and early childhood education supporters think so.  They have been holding regional and local summits across the state to discuss the role of congregations in building a strong foundation for the learning and health of young children. Research shows that a strong foundation for young… Read more »

  • Cities Leading in Innovation for End of 3rd Grade Success

    April 21, 2014

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    Municipalities across the country are taking the lead on innovation to ensure that more children are succeeding by the end of third grade. Their approach — the alignment of early care and education programs with K-12 education systems. A new report by the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, Educational Alignment for… Read more »