Together we can achieve a bold vision…

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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Join NCECF for a series of webinars to Think Babies! 

Good health, high-quality early care and education, and supports for families are critical for babies’ and toddlers’ positive outcomes. In February, March and April webinars, the Think Babies coalition will give overviews of the policy landscape at the state level…

Endorse the Pathways Action Framework!

Congratulations, Pathways Partners. Together, we did it! We said YES to possibility. We created an Action Framework that can serve as North Carolina’s blueprint to improving third grade reading proficiency and child- and family-well-being. The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading…
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