Together we can achieve a bold vision…

Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for life-long health, education, and well-being, supported by a comprehensive and equitable care and education system, from prenatal through third grade.
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Pathways Action Map

The Pathways Action Map is a tool that can be used to drive action. Action that ensures every child in North Carolina is on the path to reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

Is Your Workplace Family Forward? Get Certified.

Employers across North Carolina want to attract and retain the best employees, and they want those employees to be happy and healthy. Our Family Forward NC Employer Certification designates employers that offer policies and practices that support the health and well-being of working families and children.

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 third grade learning environments with regular attendance. Learn about the issues that support children’s optimal development beginning at birth.

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Latest News

Get to Know Theresa Roedersheimer, NCECF’s New Executive Director

Theresa Roedersheimer’s journey to executive director of NC Early Childhood Foundation has been fueled by a passion for early childhood development and a commitment to advocating for children and families across North Carolina. In this conversation with Tracy Zimmerman, co-founder…

NC Employers: Use Your Voice for Child Care

The NC General Assembly is still in session, which means there is still time for our elected officials to address the immediate child care needs of our youngest children, their families, and child care providers across our state. Employers’ voices…

Meet our New Family Forward NC Program Assistant

This week we’re welcoming Anjail Muhammad to the NC Early Childhood Foundation team.  Anjail will help build capacity for our growing Family Forward NC initiative.  She will play a key role in working with underserved communities and historically marginalized populations…
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