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  • Early Childhood in Rural North Carolina

    January 1, 2018

    Posted in News

    NCECF was excited to partner with the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance on a report, released by the Alliance’s workgroup on Early Childhood, examining how outcomes for children in rural and non-rural communities differ on key Pathways to Grade Level Reading measures of success. Early Childhood in Rural North Carolina: Assessing Rural Communities on Pathways to Grade… Read more »

  • More than 1,000 organizations urge Congress to extend CHIP

    December 29, 2017

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    We joined more than 1,000 organizations that signed onto a letter urging Congress to immediately enact a five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funding for CHIP expired on September 30, 2017. This is the first time in the program’s history that Congress has allowed funding to expire. CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to… Read more »

  • North Carolina Joins Results First Initiative

    December 21, 2017

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    NC to enhance use of data to invest in evidence-based programs for child and family health (Press Release) Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will join the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, focused on investing taxpayer dollars wisely in programs and policies that are proven to work. “We can find common ground by using the best… Read more »

  • What Do Voters Understand about Young Children’s Emotional Development?

    December 20, 2017

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    American voters understand the importance of the early years in building a strong foundation for life success, and support public investment in supporting young children’s healthy social-emotional development, according to a national survey released by ZERO TO THREE and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Voters’ Attitudes Toward Emotional Development in Young Children and Infants highlights… Read more »

  • Raising Parent Voice to Guide Early Childhood Policy

    December 13, 2017

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    A new report synthesizes the voices of more than 2,000 North Carolina parents and identifies themes around what helps and hinders them as they support their young children’s healthy development. Not About Me, Without Me: Raising Parent Voice to Guide Early Childhood Policy is a meta-analysis of 18 parent surveys, focus groups, and meetings from… Read more »

  • Strengthening the Birth-through-Eight Continuum through the Every Student Succeeds Act; Hands-On Support for Developing NC District Plans

    December 5, 2017

    Posted in News

    Register now – space is limited! The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides new opportunities for school districts to strengthen the birth-through-third grade continuum – a critical strategy to improve third grade reading proficiency. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are required to engage early learning stakeholders in developing district ESSA plans for the 2018-19 academic year…. Read more »

  • Webinar for NC Early Learning Leaders on Every Student Succeeds Act

    November 30, 2017

    Posted in News

    Strengthening the Birth-through-Eight Continuum through the Every Student Succeeds Act: Opportunities for Local Early Learning Leaders December 15, 2017 11 AM – Noon Register Now! Join us on December 15 for a webinar designed for North Carolina Head Start Directors, Smart Start partnerships, Title I early learning leaders, and early learning professionals to learn about new… Read more »

  • What Works for Reading with Children?

    November 26, 2017

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    What Works for Third Grade Reading: Reading with Children considers why early reading with children matters for third grade reading proficiency, outlines its connection with other factors that impact early literacy, and highlights options that have been shown to move the needle on children’s social-emotional health outcomes. It is one of 12 new working papers that offer… Read more »

  • American Enterprise Institute Discusses Role of Tax Credits in Reducing Child Care Expenses

    November 17, 2017

    Posted in News

    Can the tax system be used to help working families afford child care? An event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute this week delved into that question by dissecting a bipartisan, bicameral bill that aims to reform the Child and Dependent Tax Credit and Flexible Spending Accounts, aiming to reduce the burden of child care… Read more »

  • Early Literacy Home Visiting Program Shows Promise

    November 16, 2017

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    A short-term evaluation  of Book Harvest’s Book Babies program shows participants exhibited statistically significant differences in performance on key measures related to reading and kindergarten readiness skills when measured against a comparison group. The evaluation was completed by the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy (FFFP).  Book Babies works to enable school readiness for… Read more »