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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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Latest News

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…

EarlyWell Update: Better When I’m Dancing

Mental health has never been more visible than now, a year and a half into the stresses of a global pandemic. While most mental health interventions are aimed at adults and adolescents, the roots of strong mental health for young…

Muffy Grant Responds to Senator Burr on Child Care and Preschool

In July, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina released an op-ed about the state of child care and early education in the United States, in response to the Biden-Harris administration’s American Families Plan (AFP). Muffy Grant of NC Early Childhood…

Learning Loss, Literacy, and Leandro — Muffy Grant on NC Policy Watch

Muffy Grant, Executive Director of NC Early Childhood Foundation, had the opportunity to discuss educational opportunities, literacy approaches, and the Leandro court case’s impact on NC families with Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch. During the interview, Grant shared that…
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