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  • Duke Endowment Invests in Birth-to-Eight, Whole-Child Approach to Third Grade Reading with Award to NC Early Childhood Foundation

    July 18, 2016

    Posted in Press Release

    The Duke Endowment has awarded a $325,000 grant to the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) to advance policies and practices that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth. “A good start for children bodes well for lifelong success, but it’s critical that we focus our efforts on only the most effective programs,” says Rhett Mabry,… Read more »

  • Unlocking Local Dollars for Early Childhood

    April 13, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Raleigh, North Carolina. April 14, 2016 – A new toolkit is available for NC communities interested in investing in children’s early years. Local Funding for Early Learning: A North Carolina Community Toolkit, details funding mechanisms that could be implemented at the local level to expand early childhood investments. In North Carolina, early childhood investments have… Read more »

  • Moore County Honored as a Pacesetter for Early Literacy Work

    April 6, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Southern Pines, North Carolina  – April 7, 2016 – Southern Pines Grows Great Readers, now known as the Moore County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, is being honored as a Pacesetter by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for making measurable progress on eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming… Read more »

  • Gaston County Joins Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

    March 2, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Gastonia, North Carolina. March 2, 2016 – Gaston County community leaders are coming together to improve student success by joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR), a nationwide movement to increase early reading proficiency. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a shared effort by funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across… Read more »

  • State’s Leading Experts Collaborate on Grade-Level Reading

    February 16, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    Thirty experts from North Carolina’s leading universities, research institutes, government agencies, businesses and think tanks are working together to identify whole-child, research-based, birth-to-eight measures of success that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading. They are part of a Data Action Team for the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading. The NC Pathways to Grade-Level… Read more »

  • The Belk Foundation and ChildTrust Invest in Early Literacy

    February 10, 2016

    Posted in News, Press Release

    ChildTrust and The Belk Foundation and are investing in early literacy through grants to the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF). With its $85,000 award, ChildTrust will support NCECF’s role as the state lead for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and… Read more »

  • National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Names NC Early Childhood Foundation Lead Organization

    April 13, 2015

    Posted in Press Release

    The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has named the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) as the lead organization for North Carolina. The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation that focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading… Read more »

  • Business Spearheads Early Learning Initiative With First 2000 Days Billboard

    December 15, 2014

    Posted in Press Release

    The First 2000 Days initiative first digital billboard has gone up in Selma, through a generous donation by Interstate Outdoor, Inc. The campaign raises awareness about how a child’s first 2000 days have a lasting impact on later learning, health and life success. The billboard is part of a larger effort to call attention to… Read more »

  • Business, Faith and Law Enforcement Leaders Join First 2000 Days Initiative to Support Early Learning

    June 6, 2014

    Posted in News, Press Release

    A police chief, a regional bank manager and an attorney for a multinational corporation are traveling across North Carolina to speak about early development and learning. These professionals are part of a statewide effort – The First 2000 Days – to educate and engage the public about how early learning impacts all North Carolinians –… 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 »