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  • Submit Comments for Preschool Development Grants Competition

    March 10, 2014

    Posted in News

    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

    Posted in News

    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

    Posted in News

    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

    Posted in News

    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

    Posted in News

    “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 »

  • NC Leaders Share Expertise with NCECF

    February 24, 2014

    Posted in News

    We were incredibly honored that more than thirty of North Carolina’s distinguished business, philanthropic, and civic leaders agreed to share their expertise with us through our Blue Ribbon Committee. In January 2014, more that 25 leaders met to provide input into the Foundation’s core principles and strategies and suggest other leaders we should engage that… Read more »

  • NC Children Not Reading Proficiently

    January 28, 2014

    Posted in News, Press Release

    RALEIGH – A new KIDS COUNT data snapshot finds that that 65 percent of children in North Carolina are not reading proficiently by the time they reach fourth grade – a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. If this trend continues, North Carolina will not have enough skilled workers for an… Read more »

  • A Billion Dollars For Early Ed

    January 24, 2014

    Posted in News

    With more than a $1 billion increase in funding, early care and learning was a big winner in in the spending deal announced last night by House and Senate budget writers. The headlines tell the story: A Big Funding Win for Early Childhood (NAEYC) A Billion Dollar Boost for Child Care and Early Learning (CLASP) A Step Forward… Read more »

  • Soft Skills Best College Major

    January 8, 2014

    Posted in News

    Somehow the ability to communicate, get along with others, control emotions, self-motivate, think creatively and solve problems have come to be known as “soft skills” – a term that makes them sound nice, but unnecessary. Yet, all you have to do is interact with someone who lacks these skills to know how critical they are!… Read more »

  • Would NC Retain Half of its Third Graders?

    November 16, 2013

    Posted in News

    The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has its first op-ed in today’s News and Observer. It poses the question: Would North Carolina retain more than half of its third-graders – the equivalent of all students in Durham, Orange, Chatham and Lee County schools – at a price tag of more than half of a billion dollars? Probably not, but… Read more »