White House Announces Summit on Early Education

From the The White House Office of the Press Secretary WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, December 10, President Obama will host a White House Summit on Early Education. The Summit will bring together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education,…

Creating Alignment Across the Birth-to-Eight Continuum

How do we best support children growing into successful learners when they experience widely varying environments during the most critical time of their brain development? A growing body of research underscores the importance of the years from birth to age…

Book Harvest Celebrates Third Anniversary!

Nearly 80% of Medicaid-eligible kids are not ready for kindergarten.  Book Harvest is a visionary group with a plan to change that statistic by providing families in Durham with valuable tools for student success: books.   …

Are Child Care Rules Changing?

Although the legislative session has ended, policymaking has not. The N.C. Child Care Commission has completed its review of all child care rules and regulations as required by legislation passed in 2013, The Periodic Review and Expiration of Rules. The…

A Must-Read Report! Accelerating Progress in Early Education

If you are in the business of improving outcomes for young children, Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education is a must-read. Written by the New America Foundation, the report goes well beyond making the case for a seamless…

Back to School Twitter Action

On September 10th, Americans will show their support for early child development programs and policies with a nationwide Twitter Action. Together, we can get early childhood trending on Twitter and demonstrate to policymakers that there is bipartisan public demand for…

Preschool Development Grants: NC Eligible to Receive $20 Million Plus

The application for the Preschool Development Grants is now available. The $250 million initiative will support states in building, developing and expanding voluntary, high-quality preschool programs for children from low- and moderate-income families. Awards will be made to state agencies.…

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Cliché? Perhaps . . . Yet when it comes to policy change, it is all about will – public will. Creating sustainable change requires intentional and ongoing building of public will. NCECF focuses on empowering people with information that connects…