Together we can achieve a bold vision…

Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for lifelong health, education and well-being supported by a premiere birth-to-age-eight system.

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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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Latest News

NC Partnership for Children/Smart Start is Hiring a New President

Our close partner the NC Partnership for Children/Smart Start is seeking a new President. The North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that administers Smart Start, an early childhood initiative, in collaboration with a network of…

What Does the Leandro Report Propose for Early Childhood?

A report released today makes strong recommendations about how North Carolina can meet its obligation to provide a sound, basic education to every child. There are specific recommendations around early childhood (birth through third grade), many of which align with…
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