Access, Ownership and Choice – Reversing Summer Slide

Access to high-quality books, book ownership and a child’s choice in book selection can do more than prevent summer slide, it can improve reading proficiency. Summer slide is the term used to describe the tendency for students, particularly students from…

Annual Kids Count Report Ranks NC 35th in Nation on Child Well-Being

North Carolina children and families are losing ground in measures of financial security, while making moderate gains in education and health indicators, according to the 2015 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data…

How Are Babies in the South Faring?

How are North Carolina babies faring when compared to national averages? What about when compared to their Southern neighbors? A new report released today by the nonprofit group ZERO TO THREE provides insights. The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation compiled…

Save the Date: Early Childhood Research Symposium

  The Institute for Child Success (ICS) Research Committee will be hosting a symposium on research impacting the health, development, and safety of young children on October 15-16 in Greenville, SC. The symposium will address a range of issues and…

NC House and Senate Differ on Early Learning

The NC Senate budget proposal released this week takes a different approach to early learning from the budget passed last month by the NC House of Representatives. Some of the provisions that will need to be hammered out in Conference…

Build a Scaffolding of Support

Professor James Heckman is frequently asked, “If we had X dollars to invest in reducing inequality or promoting human capital development, where should we invest it?” His new paper, Build a Scaffolding of Support, provides the answers. He outlines eight…

First 2,000 Days Increasing Knowledge and Skills

An evaluation of the First 2000 Days, NCECF’s signature initiative, shows gains in knowledge of early childhood development and public engagement skills and in expanding support. The Thorman Strategy Group completed an independent evaluation of the First 2000 Days public…