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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

NC Early Childhood Foundation Featured in Inside Philanthropy

In the latest issue of Inside Philanthropy, NC Early Childhood Foundation’s Executive Director, Muffy Grant, highlights the importance of diversifying funding streams (e.g. government contracts, board donations, private foundations, appeal letters, etc.) to carry out NCECF’s crucial mission of ensuring…

Apply Now: Think Babies™ Community Micro-Grants

North Carolina communities are invited to apply for a Think Babies™ NC Leadership Community Micro-Grant. This year, the Think Babies™ NC Alliance seeks to engage communities who are ready to take a deep dive into the PN-3 Policy Roadmap to…

Local Government Funding for Early Learning on the Rise

In addition to federal and state funding for high-quality, equitable early childhood programs, local governments also have a role to play. Often they are overlooked, yet a county or municipality can budget for early childhood, either through existing revenue or…
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