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  • 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 »

  • New Fact Sheets Highlight Business and Health Cases for Early Learning

    June 6, 2017

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        Business leaders increasingly understand the power of early learning and are becoming champions for greater investments in young children. That’s the focus of our new fact sheet – Investing Today in North Carolina’s Workforce of Tomorrow.  Get the facts, figures and ideas about what businesses can do to support early learning.  Read and… Read more »

  • What’s in Senate and House Budget Proposals for Young Children?

    June 5, 2017

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    Both bodies of the North Carolina General Assembly have passed budget proposals. The bills will now head to a Conference Committee. Although details and amounts of funding may differ, areas of general agreement on select birth-through-eight provisions include: Expanded funding for NC Pre-K, Expanded funding for Smart Start for early literacy programs, Subsidy child care… Read more »

  • General Assembly Proposals Miss Opportunity to Prioritize K-3 Student Success

    June 4, 2017

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    The recently-released Senate and House budgets would amend North Carolina’s school accountability system to align with new federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Both budgets miss an opportunity to include a measure that meets the rigorous ESSA requirements, serves as an early warning system to bring focus and resources to the early… Read more »

  • New Evaluation Available of Second Phase of NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading

    June 1, 2017

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    We are committed to ongoing evaluation of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative. The work is only as strong as the processes that allow for authentic co-creation of shared measures and aligned strategies. Our latest evaluation report looks at the process used for Pathways’ second phase – identifying where to act first. In this phase, Learning Teams… Read more »

  • New Video Provides Overview of NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative

    May 29, 2017

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    The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (Pathways) initiative is bringing together diverse leaders working across disciplines – health, family and community support, and early learning and education; across sectors – government, policy, private and nonprofit; across systems – birth-through-age-five and kindergarten-through-third-grade; and across the political aisle. These leaders are asking what is possible. What would… Read more »

  • House Budget Proposes Birth to Third Grade Interagency Council

    May 26, 2017

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    The NC House of Representatives proposes a Birth to Third Grade (B-3) Interagency Council tasked with establishing a vision and accountability for a birth to third grade system of early education, including consideration of: standards and assessment, data-driven improvement and outcomes, teacher and administrator preparation and effectiveness, instruction and environment, transitions and continuity, family engagement, and… Read more »

  • NC Experts to Lead Pathways Design Teams

    May 2, 2017

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    Six North Carolina early childhood experts will lead statewide teams in developing policy, practice, program and capacity-building strategies to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency. The Design Teams are the third phase of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative. Pathways Design Teams will build strategies around key factors that impact third grade… Read more »

  • New Guide to Support Collaborative Decision-Making Using Action Teams

    May 1, 2017

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    Creating lasting change requires the sustained engagement of large numbers of diverse stakeholders who own, inform, endorse, support and implement the policies and practices needed to produce that change. Easier said than done! How to Create Lasting Change: Using Targeted Action Teams to Support Broad & Inclusive Social Policy Decision-Making shares lessons learned from the… Read more »