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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 Welcomes Peggy Wang and Dr. Jennifer Vu to the Board of Directors

Raleigh, NC (July 22, 2019) – The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) announces the election of two new members to its Board of Directors – Peggy Wang, the Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Private Company Services, and Dr. Jennifer Vu,…

Summer Learning Week was a Big Hit!

Governor Cooper proclaimed July 8-13 as Summer Learning Week in North Carolina, highlighting the importance summer plays in children’s school achievement and calling on communities to champion summer learning. In the summer, students from low-income families can lose academic gains…

The End of an Era? No Way!

A few weeks back our award-winning First 2000 Days campaign was updated with a new look including the most up to date facts and figures. The educational and engagement tools are simple and compelling and will hold the attention of…

Congratulate NCECF Board Members for their Leadership Across NC!

Several of North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) board members have recently been recognized for their contributions in meaningful work and for being appointed to leadership positions across the state. Patti Gillenwater, Vice-Chair of NCECF, has been appointed Board Chair…
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