Triangle Community Foundation and United Way Partner for Early Literacy

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) is partnering with the United Way of the Greater Triangle, Triangle Community Foundation and community coalitions in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties to ensure children are on a pathway to grade-level…

Pathways to Grade-Level Reading – What do we know?

In 2016, state leaders – working with a Data Action Team composed of 30 experts from North Carolina’s leading universities, research institutes, government agencies, businesses and think tanks – identified shared birth-to-eight, whole-child measures of success to put children on…

Early Learning and The Every Student Succeeds Act: Are You Prepared?

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation will be hosting a pre-conference at the National Smart Start Conference on strengthening birth-to-eight alignment through the Every Student Succeeds Act. The session will be on May 1, 2017 in Greensboro, NC. The Every …

Learning to read vs. reading to learn

What makes an effective reading teacher? A new study shows that the answer may differ for those teaching very young children versus those teaching the upper elementary grades. A study released in December from the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina…

Join the Pathways Team

The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is seeking to a hire a consultant to manage the next phase of the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative. Download the RFP.…

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…