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  • NCECF Submits Comments on State ESSA Plan

    July 7, 2017

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    The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation submitted comments on North Carolina’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act strongly supporting the inclusion of birth-through-third-grade alignment as a core strategy to achieving our state’s academic goals as well as addressing our significant skills gap. North Carolina is well-positioned to make the most of new early learning… Read more »

  • Young NC Children who are Homeless Struggle to Learn

    July 6, 2017

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    Research is clear that children’s earliest experiences build a strong or weak foundation for all future learning and health. The impact of homelessness on young children’s development can be particularly devastating, resulting in changes in brain architecture that can interfere with social-emotional development, self-regulation and cognition. High quality early education settings can serve as a… Read more »

  • Will NC Lead or Lag?

    July 3, 2017

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    What do 14 of the 17 state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education have in common? Chronic absenteeism. States are recognizing that students will benefit with chronic absenteeism included as a measure in school acceptability systems. Chronic absenteeism meets the rigorous ESSA requirements, serves as an early warning system… Read more »

  • Action Alert: NC ESSA Misses Opportunity to Prioritize Young Children’s Success

    June 30, 2017

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    Previously hailed as a forerunner on early learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the recently released revised draft of North Carolina’s ESSA plan no longer prioritizes early learning or recognizes birth-to-eight alignment as a guiding ESSA strategy. Released on June 26 by the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the most recent draft… Read more »

  • Final Birth-through-Eight Provisions in NC’s FY 2017-19 Budget

    June 29, 2017

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    Having overridden Governor Roy Cooper’s veto, the North Carolina General Assembly has finalized the state’s budget for FY 2017-19. It includes several provisions impacting children birth through age eight. Highlights include: Creation of a Birth through Third Grade Interagency Council and an Associate Superintendent of Early Education. Expanded funding for NC Pre-K to serve an… Read more »

  • We’re Hiring!

    June 28, 2017

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    The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is hiring a part-time Finance Manager based in Raleigh to contribute to the organization’s mission by managing the Foundation’s bookkeeping, budgeting, finance and grant reporting functions.  This is non-exempt, part-time position of 20 hours per week. The NC Early Childhood Foundation is driven by a bold – and achievable… Read more »

  • Are You a Pathways Partner?

    June 15, 2017

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    Driving the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative is the foundational belief that together we can realize greater outcomes for young children than any of us can produce on our own. Pathways Partners are doing just that – they are working together toward a common goal, agreeing on how to measure progress, coordinating and promoting… Read more »

  • New report outlines research behind measures that move the needle on third-grade reading

    June 14, 2017

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    The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative is building on North Carolina’s history of innovation and success to tackle one of the greatest challenges facing the state: the overwhelming majority of our children, especially those from low-income families, are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Reading well in the early grades predicts… Read more »

  • NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Communities Finalists for National Awards

    June 12, 2017

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    Twenty-three North Carolinians from five urban and rural communities – Wake, Durham, Orange, Mecklenburg and Wayne counties – will be represented at the upcoming Campaign for Grade-Level Reading National Meeting. The NC delegation includes business, foundation and non-profit leaders, including a community housing authority. Two NC communities will be recognized as Pacesetters for their work to… Read more »

  • New National Standards Challenge NC Pre-K to Increase Assistant Teacher Training; NC Stays in the Middle of the Pack on Access to Pre-K

    June 7, 2017

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    After years as one of only a handful of states receiving perfect 10 out of 10 ratings on the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) preschool quality standards, NC has slipped a notch in the annual State of Preschool 2016. NIEER revamped their standards for the first time this year, and NC’s Pre-K program hits… Read more »