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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

State Leaders Speak to Importance of Focusing on Early Childhood

State leaders at the North Carolina Education Cabinet meeting this week spoke to the importance of focusing attention and action on the first eight years.  Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen updated the Cabinet on the Early Childhood…

New NC Teacher Recruitment Initiative Launches

TeachNC is a new teacher recruitment initiative that aims to elevate the teaching profession and fill critical vacancies. The initiative employs a media campaign and a web platform to support candidates aiming to become teachers in North Carolina. The initiative…

Exciting Job Opportunity with Child Care Services Association

Our close partners at CCSA are hiring a Chief Strategy Officer. The position would be responsible for day-to-day operations in concert with the President, including providing leadership, working with the President on new initiatives and promoting cross department collaboration to…
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