2020: Impact Through Changing Times

There’s no denying it – 2020 made us sit back (literally) and forced us to redesign and rethink a future so that we could respond to the many critical needs in our community. We are all working together to move…

NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: Five Years and Going Strong

This year, NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) celebrated five years as the state lead for the NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR). In this role, we are fortunate to work with 14 NC CGLR communities towards a shared vision where…

Short term COVID relief packages floated today in Washington

The Alliance for Early Success and Education Counsel shared this afternoon that there was movement in Washington today around a possible short-term COVID relief package. There are several possible options on the table: A small bipartisan group of Senators put…

Today is the Day

Smart investments in children’s early years produce the best results in education, health and economic well-being for North Carolina. Together, we can ensure that our future leaders have the skills required to tackle the challenges and act on the opportunities…

How to Avoid a K-Shaped Literacy Recovery

The following is a guest blog post by Munro Richardson. Munro is the Executive Director of Read Charlotte and an NCECF Board Member. This piece was previously shared via Munro’s blog and through Book Harvest. In March 2020, the United…

Lifting Up Family Engagement and Leadership Every Month of the Year

This year, Governor Cooper proclaimed November as Family Engagement Month. His recognition reminds us what we already know to be true—that families are children’s first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Parents and family members are also leaders with…

Biden Administration’s Priorities Will Impact Children and Families

President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris have shared the top priorities for their administration. They include COVID-19 response, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change. Many items mentioned in the brief transition website are relevant for North Carolina’s…

Voters in Seven States Say YES to Fund Children’s Programs

Ballot initiatives don’t receive much reporting outside of the state where they happen. Yet these November 3rd asks of voters in seven states (six at the local level) are worthy of understanding and celebrating. In Multnomah County, Oregon; Colorado; San…