UPDATE: NC’s Early Intervention for Children Birth to 3 in Limbo

North Carolina’s early intervention program – NC Infant Toddler Program—is in a state of flux as the N.C. Department of Health Human Services works to manage funding and staffing reductions mandated in the 2013 Budget.1 With early intervention in the…

NC Pre-K Meets All NIEER Quality Benchmarks

Once again North Carolina is one of only five states to meet all 10 NIEER quality preschool benchmarks, according to the State of Preschool 2013 report released yesterday. The benchmarks include: Policy Benchmark Early Learning Standards Comprehensive Teacher Degree BA…

Preschool Development Grants: More than Meets the Eye

Policy is catching up with knowledge. For researchers and scientists, the idea that birth through age eight represents a critical developmental period for children is not new. Their work studying the developing brain and how children learn has been published…

Financing Quality

In her Keynote at the 2014 National Smart Start Conference last week, Linda K. Smith referred to the new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships as a strategy to finance quality. Our ears perked up. We’ve heard much about the partnerships,…

Building Adult Capabilities

The thing about science is it’s rarely finished – questions answered prompt new questions to be asked. And so it is with the work of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University. Just when you thought you had…

Accelerating What Works: Full-Day Pre-K

When it comes to pre-k, some is good, and more is better. Full-day public prekindergarten programs are proving to be a birth-to-eight policy strategy that produces significant outcomes for children, providing a path to reading proficiency by the end of…

NC Project LAUNCH Gaining National Recognition

Alamance County is part of an exciting new program that promotes the health and wellness of young children birth to age eight and their families. NC Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) supports young children’s physical,…

Governor’s Policy Advisor Talks Education Policy

Educators should drive education policy. That was one of many points of agreement between Eric Guckian, Governor Pat McCrory’s Senior Advisor on Education, and his co-panelist Representative Graig Meyer at the April 21st forum, Visions for Successful K-12 Education in…

First 2000 Days Faith Summits Inspire Support for Early Learning

Can inspiration actually come from a single meeting? Faith leaders and early childhood education supporters think so.  They have been holding regional and local summits across the state to discuss the role of congregations in building a strong foundation for…