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…