Together we can achieve a bold vision…

Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for life-long health, education, and well-being supported by a comprehensive, equitable birth-to-eight ecosystem.

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How We Do Our Work

We work to promote understanding, spearhead collaboration, and advance policies to ensure each North Carolina child is on track for lifelong success by the end of third grade. Much of this work happens through our initiatives:


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Supporting Children’s Optimal Development

Each child can have the opportunity to be on track by third grade with aligned policies and practices rooted in child development, including health and development on track beginning at birth, supported and supportive families and communities, and high-quality birth-through-eight learning environments with regular attendance. Learn about the issues that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth.

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New Resource: How to Build a Family Forward Community

Through our Family Forward NC initiative, we’ve engaged with more than 6,200 employers across North Carolina and helped employers of all sizes and industries create and change their policies to make their workplaces healthier for employees and their families and…

NCECF Board Members Make Waves on the State and National Level

Several of NC Early Childhood Foundation’s Board members are receiving recognition in North Carolina and nationwide: Camp Corral – a summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes – was featured on the Today Show. Easter…
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