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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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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Summit Leads with Equity

The 2019 North Carolina Infant and Young Child Mental Health & Home Visiting Summit, held in Greensboro this week, kicked off with a full day dedicated to infant and young child mental health, organized by the NC Infant/Young Child Mental…

Decline in NC’s Reading Scores Calls for an Equity-Based Approach

Fourth grade reading proficiency scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment are out, and certain groups of students are clearly still facing the most barriers to opportunity. Reversing a downhill slide will require taking an equity-based approach…
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