State’s Leading Experts Recommend Action on Grade-Level Reading

Leaders from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations and the private sector announced recommendations for aligning action around seven measures of success to boost young children’s reading proficiency and build a strong foundation for learning. The measures reflect the latest research…

NC Communities Consider Local Financing for Early Learning

North Carolina Chambers of Commerce leaders, County Commissioners, early learning program providers, private foundations, community organizations, local school board members, Smart Start local partnerships and business leaders spent a day together discussing how to make greater investments in young children. …

Groundbreaking Study Shows Comprehensive Birth-to-Five Programs Yield 13% ROI

New research from Nobel Laureate economist James J. Heckman and colleagues finds that comprehensive, birth-to-age-five early childhood programs can produce higher economic returns than those previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds. Professor James Heckman and colleagues from…

Education Matters Focuses on Early Learning

  The December 3rd episode of Education Matters focused on the benefits of early childhood education. Education Matters is a weekly television show that explores everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions…

Where’s the Momentum?

Driving the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative is the foundational belief that together we can realize greater outcomes for young children than any of us can produce on our own. Our first step together was to define North Carolina’s…

NCECF Participates in #GivingTuesday on November 29th

How can you get involved with the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s #GivingTuesday campaign this November?  It’s easy!  Help us reach 1,000 Facebook “likes” and 1,000 Twitter followers. Here are three simple steps you can take on Tuesday, November 29th…

Early Childhood Spending Benefits Don’t Fade Away, N.C. Study Finds

DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, research from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy finds.…

1 in 4 NC Children Lives in Child Care Desert

For working parents with young children, the task of finding child care can be daunting. While the cost of child care can be one barrier to child care access, less understood are the roles of supply and location. A new…