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  • NC Pre-K Children Have Greater Gains than Expected

    April 17, 2014

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    Children in NC Pre-K are progressing at an even greater rate than expected for normal growth, according to the program’s evaluation released this week. The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has been evaluating North Carolina’s prekindergarten program since its inception. Students enrolled in NC Pre-K… Read more »

  • Can Taxes Fight Child Poverty?

    April 15, 2014

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    As tax season comes to a close today, millions of low-income working families will have filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the nation’s most effective government policies for promoting work and reducing child poverty. What is the EITC? The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low and moderate-income working families and… Read more »

  • Children of Color Face Greater Barriers to Realizing Their Potential

    April 10, 2014

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    Children of color face greater barriers to realizing their potential, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children. A child’s ability to realize his or her potential is largely shaped by her experiences from birth to age eight. That’s because… Read more »

  • Parent Aggravation Up Significantly

    April 8, 2014

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    While frustration is a normal part of parenthood, too much of it can impact the ability to parent effectively. So a new report by Child Trends on parent aggravation levels is cause for some concern. Researchers found that between 1997 and 2011/12, the proportion of parents reporting aggravation increased by more than 50 percent. In… Read more »

  • Governor McCrory Proclaims April as the Month of the Young Child

    April 7, 2014

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    Throughout the month of April, communities across the state are celebrating young children, families and the professionals who care for and educate them. The Month of the Young Child helps focus public attention on the importance of ensuring that young children are provided with responsive relationships and developmentally appropriate experiences. Many featured events will occur… Read more »

  • ACF Webinar Series on Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grants Now Online

    April 4, 2014

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    The Administration for Children and Families hosted a series of webinars on the new Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grant opportunity. All webinar are now available online at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/early-head-start-child-care-partnerships. March 14, 1:30 PM ET  Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships: Getting Started Listen to recorded webinar. This session provides an overview of Establishing… Read more »

  • Layered Funding Hallmark of EHS – Child Care Partnerships

    March 31, 2014

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    Layered funding is the financial hallmark of the new Early Head Start (EHS) – Child Care Partnerships Grants.  The March 31 webinar, Maximizing Resources in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships/Role of Governance in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, highlighted the following: You can think of EHS funding in three layers. First Layer: This is the foundational layer…. Read more »

  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! promotes early developmental and behavioral screening for kids

    March 29, 2014

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    The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education have launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is designed to help families look for and celebrate milestones, promote universal screenings,… Read more »

  • Cindy Watkins Named President of the North Carolina Partnership for Children

    March 28, 2014

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    The North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC), the organization that leads Smart Start across the state, announced today that Cindy Watkins has been named as the new President of NCPC. “I am thrilled to have Cindy’s leadership and expertise at NCPC,” stated Dr. Nancy H. Brown, Board Chair of NCPC. “She has significant experience collaborating… Read more »

  • Major Findings! High Quality Early Education Programs Improve Adult Health, Reduce Disease

    March 27, 2014

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    Researchers have found a new strategy to prevent chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity – high quality early childhood programs. A 30-year study of children who participated in the Abecedarian program shows that these children have significantly improved health as adults, make healthier lifestyle choices and experience fewer illnesses as adults,… Read more »