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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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Latest News

NCECF Board Secretary Implements FFNC Recommendations at Dual Language School

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool does not have a problem retaining staff and teachers, says Executive Director Banu Valladares. That’s because the staff of this five-star licensed preschool—which prepares Spanish-speaking children for success in school and life by providing superior dual-language early…

Registration Open for Think Babies NC Think Tank and Celebration

Are you passionate about babies and their families? Do you want to make an impact on programs and policies to support our state’s youngest children? Are you committed to working on infant-toddler issues? Then come take a seat at the…

We’re Hiring! HR Consultant Needed for Family Forward NC

As part of our Family Forward NC initiative, the NC Early Childhood Foundation is hiring an HR consultant. The consultant will support a learning community to assist NC employers motivated to identify and add industry-appropriate, family friendly benefits to their…
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