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  • Learning to read vs. reading to learn

    January 24, 2017

    Posted in News, Uncategorized

    What makes an effective reading teacher? A new study shows that the answer may differ for those teaching very young children versus those teaching the upper elementary grades. A study released in December from the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina looked at teacher effectiveness data from the new kindergarten through second grade testing regime in North… Read more »

  • NC Communities Consider Local Financing for Early Learning

    December 20, 2016

    Posted in News

    North Carolina Chambers of Commerce leaders, County Commissioners, early learning program providers, private foundations, community organizations, local school board members, Smart Start local partnerships and business leaders spent a day together discussing how to make greater investments in young children.  Thirty leaders from Buncombe, Durham and Forsyth counties learned about local financing options to expand… Read more »

  • Groundbreaking Study Shows Comprehensive Birth-to-Five Programs Yield 13% ROI

    December 12, 2016

    Posted in News

    New research from Nobel Laureate economist James J. Heckman and colleagues finds that comprehensive, birth-to-age-five early childhood programs can produce higher economic returns than those previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds. Professor James Heckman and colleagues from the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center released The Lifecycle… Read more »

  • Education Matters Focuses on Early Learning

    December 5, 2016

    Posted in News

      The December 3rd episode of Education Matters focused on the benefits of early childhood education. Education Matters is a weekly television show that explores everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools. It is produced by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and… Read more »

  • Where’s the Momentum?

    November 29, 2016

    Posted in News

    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. Our first step together was to define North Carolina’s Pathways to Grade-Level Reading. What are the whole-child, birth-to-eight Measures of Success that put children on a… Read more »

  • NCECF Participates in #GivingTuesday on November 29th

    November 28, 2016

    Posted in News

    How can you get involved with the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s #GivingTuesday campaign this November?  It’s easy!  Help us reach 1,000 Facebook “likes” and 1,000 Twitter followers. Here are three simple steps you can take on Tuesday, November 29th to support the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Already… Read more »

  • Early Childhood Spending Benefits Don’t Fade Away, N.C. Study Finds

    November 17, 2016

    Posted in News

    DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, research from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy finds. The research, published online Nov. 17 in Child Development, looked at more than 1 million… Read more »

  • 1 in 4 NC Children Lives in Child Care Desert

    October 28, 2016

    Posted in News

    For working parents with young children, the task of finding child care can be daunting. While the cost of child care can be one barrier to child care access, less understood are the roles of supply and location. A new report by the Center for American Progress examines the location of child care centers across… Read more »

  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce CEO Touts Early Learning as Good Business

    October 9, 2016

    Posted in News

    On the October 8, 2016 Asheville Citizen-Times editorial page, Kit Cramer, CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, discusses why early learning is good for business in her community. Cramer, concerned about $3 billion per year that businesses lose due to employee absenteeism as a result of child care issues, shares the Chamber’s policy… Read more »

  • NC ESSA Draft Plan Includes Birth-to-Eight Strategies

    October 7, 2016

    Posted in News

    North Carolina’s draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act includes a focus on birth-to-eight alignment. ESSA strengthens federal support for early learning and provides new opportunities for birth-through-third grade alignment, accountability and funding. States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law, which replaces No Child Left Behind. The North Carolina… Read more »