Bridging Systems to Create Lasting, Positive Change

A new report highlights more than two years of work to foster stronger birth-through-third grade alignment across North Carolina. The report outlines how a cross-sector partnership ensured that early childhood strategies were included in the North Carolina state and local…

Read Charlotte’s Five Levers to Improve Early Literacy

Research is clear that third grade reading is impacted by a wide range of factors. As outlined in North Carolina’s Measures of Success Framework (LINK), those factors range from healthy birthweight to on-track social-emotional development and from strong parent-child relationships…

A New Trend? Fewer NC Children Have Health Insurance This Year

The short- and long-term health and economic benefits of children having health insurance are well-supported in research. North Carolina has been a national leader in rates of children insured. After years of improvements, however, recent data are startling—for the first…

Governor Cooper Extends Workplace Protections to Pregnant State Employees

The state of North Carolina has extended workplace protections and modifications to pregnant state employees. Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order last week allows pregnant state employees of any North Carolina agency, department, board or commission under the purview of the…

Pathways Design Teams Receive Top Marks 

In an evaluation of the year-long Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Design Team process, team members reported that the process was valuable, intentional, inclusive, and achieved the planned outcomes. They also reported that, if well-implemented, the work would improve third grade…

Landscape Analysis of Home Visiting in North Carolina

Did you know that North Carolina has recently doubled the percentage of very young children and their families who are accessing early home visiting programs – and that our state still falls in the bottom 15 for access? Our recent…