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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Child Care: America’s Ticket to Economic Recovery

“As a working mother, I felt really left out by the state because they kind of said ‘I’m disposable;’ I was thrown out,” said Christina Jones about losing her job and not having any accessible child care for her two…

Early Childhood Data Development In the Works

North Carolina is fortunate to have several collaborative leaders who are working to improve the collection, sharing and use of early childhood data in the state. The NC Early Childhood Data Advisory Council (ECDAC) includes many of these experts who…

Marketing and Communications Leader Joins NC Early Childhood Foundation

Lindsay K. Saunders has joined the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) as the new Marketing and Communications Leader. In this role, Saunders will support the marketing, communications, and outreach efforts of the organization and its partners.  For the past eight…
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