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Early Learning Opportunities in CCIP and Federal CARES Act ESSER Funds

June 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December 2015, bolsters federal support for early learning and provides an opportunity to strengthen the birth-through-third grade continuum. The Office of Early Learning and the NC Head Start Collaboration Office at the Department of Public Instruction continue to partner with EducationCounsel and the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) to support LEAs and early childhood community leaders in collaborating to develop the early learning components of the LEA’s ESSA district plans.

The Comprehensive, Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) is a web-based planning and grants management tool connecting district goals for improvement to budgeted activities. CCIP is used by local education agencies (LEAs) and charter schools to apply for federal and state funds.

The CARES Act provides dedicated emergency funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) for state and local education agencies to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on schools. The funding may be used for an array of purposes, including all activities authorized by the ESSA and other federal education laws. 

This webinar highlighted opportunities to address early learning strategies within ESSA and ESSER to include in CCIP or other early learning action plans. The presentation included: 

  • Updates based on the revisions to CCIP for 2020-2021. 
  • An updated CCIP guidance document, Recommendations for Early Learning Additions to the NC CCIP, with examples of specific strategies and suggested language.
  • Information on updating the required Memorandum of Understandings between Head Start programs and LEAs. 
  • How Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds can be used for COVID-19 relief in early learning settings.

Presenters included:

  • Alex Charles, Federal Program Monitoring Section Chief, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Danielle Ewen, Principal, EducationCounsel 
  • Carla Garrett, Title I Preschool Consultant, Office of Early Learning, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Karen McKnight, Director, Head Start State Collaboration Office
  • Emceed by Mandy Ableidinger, Deputy Director, NC Early Childhood Foundation  

All materials are available to the right under Related Resources. The webinar recording is available here.


June 10, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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