Accelerating What Works: Full-Day Pre-K

When it comes to pre-k, some is good, and more is better. Full-day public prekindergarten programs are proving to be a birth-to-eight policy strategy that produces significant outcomes for children, providing a path to reading proficiency by the end of…

NC Project LAUNCH Gaining National Recognition

Alamance County is part of an exciting new program that promotes the health and wellness of young children birth to age eight and their families. NC Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) supports young children’s physical,…

Governor’s Policy Advisor Talks Education Policy

Educators should drive education policy. That was one of many points of agreement between Eric Guckian, Governor Pat McCrory’s Senior Advisor on Education, and his co-panelist Representative Graig Meyer at the April 21st forum, Visions for Successful K-12 Education in…

First 2000 Days Faith Summits Inspire Support for Early Learning

Can inspiration actually come from a single meeting? Faith leaders and early childhood education supporters think so.  They have been holding regional and local summits across the state to discuss the role of congregations in building a strong foundation for…

Cities Leading in Innovation for End of 3rd Grade Success

Municipalities across the country are taking the lead on innovation to ensure that more children are succeeding by the end of third grade. Their approach — the alignment of early care and education programs with K-12 education systems. A new…

NC Pre-K Children Have Greater Gains than Expected

Children in NC Pre-K are progressing at an even greater rate than expected for normal growth, according to the program’s evaluation released this week. The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill…

Can Taxes Fight Child Poverty?

As tax season comes to a close today, millions of low-income working families will have filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the nation’s most effective government policies for promoting work and reducing child poverty. What is…

Parent Aggravation Up Significantly

While frustration is a normal part of parenthood, too much of it can impact the ability to parent effectively. So a new report by Child Trends on parent aggravation levels is cause for some concern. Researchers found that between 1997…

Governor McCrory Proclaims April as the Month of the Young Child

Throughout the month of April, communities across the state are celebrating young children, families and the professionals who care for and educate them. The Month of the Young Child helps focus public attention on the importance of ensuring that young…