In January, the NC Early Childhood Foundation toured the state hosting regional forums to support Local Education Agencies in including birth-through-eight strategies in their district plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). More than 380 people (representing 80 district and two charter school teams) attended forums in Greenville, Fayetteville, Asheville and Winston Salem. Each team developed commitments to include in their ESSA plan.
“This meeting set aside a day out of our busy schedules to come together and focus on children birth to eight. The time we spent together was so very powerful. We collaborated, shared our thoughts and ideas, created a commitment plan and reflected on our district goals. I learned and grew so very much. Thank you for providing this opportunity! What a wonderful investment of our time together,” wrote one attendee.
Next, NCECF and the Department of Public Instruction will be providing intensive support to a small number of local teams, including coaching, materials, a shared learning community and plan review. Materials and lessons learned will be shared across the state.