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May 2019

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Sustainable Scale Webinar: Early Childhood Data Visualization and Use in NC – Special Focus on Home Visiting

May 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NCECF, along with partners NC DHHS and Child Trends, presented on a national webinar on May 21 through the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's Sustainable Scale initiative. North Carolina is leveraging cross-agency, cross-sector collaboration to improve early childhood data collection, analysis and use in order to make data-informed decisions at the state and local levels. Through the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative, hundreds of cross-sector partners have co-created a shared set of data measures that matter for early childhood health,…

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ESSA Early Learning Office Hours: Coordinating Local Plans

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Did you attend an ESSA Early Learning regional meeting in February and are now wondering what the next step is for collaboration in your community? Or maybe you missed the regional meeting and want to kick off local collaborative work? EducationCounsel, the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Early Childhood Foundation provided an interactive TA opportunity on May 17th to explore a new resource that can facilitate collaboration with your local early learning partners. Those of you who…

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NC Early Childhood Data Advisory Council Meeting 1

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The NC Early Childhood Data Advisory Council was formed to provide strategic direction and use its influence and decision-making authority to improve the quality and scope of early childhood data collection, and to support widespread analysis and use of early childhood data by policymakers and other decision-makers. At the first meeting, the Council members heard about the context of early childhood data work in North Carolina, including the Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative, the Early Childhood Action Plan, the Preschool…

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Child Development at Kindergarten Entry Data Workgroup – Meeting 1

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The data workgroup is recommending a measure or set of measures to capture children's development at kindergarten entry at the population level. At the first meeting, participants: Learned how their work will inform the Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Measures of Success Framework and the NC Early Childhood Action Plan Reviewed roles, responsibilities and objectives for the work Were introduced to the racial equity lens that the data workgroup will use Discussed criteria for recommending a strong measure or measures Heard…

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April 2019

Webinar – Strong Families and Communities for Babies and Toddlers

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Supportive families and communities, including stable, secure, nurturing relationships with competent, caring adults, play a critical role in building strong foundations for learning. Family supports can help buffer the effects of poverty and family stress, which can compromise the quality of parent and child interactions.  NCECF and Think Babies™ NC shared where North Carolina is on specific state-level policies that can support babies' and toddlers' families. The webinar: Outlined the Think Babies™ NC initiative and its connection with the Pathways…

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ESSA Early Learning Office Hours: Developing or Improving your MOU among Early Learning Partners

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The NC Department of Public Instruction, NC Early Childhood Foundation and EducationCounsel were pleased to host our first Office Hours session on April 11, answering your questions on developing or improving MOUs between LEAs, Head Start programs and other early childhood programs. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act and Head Start Program Performance Standards, LEAs and Head Start programs are required to coordinate, and there are opportunities to include other early childhood programs as well. This interactive conversation: Reviewed coordination requirements…

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Family Forward NC Summit

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
RTI International, 3040 E. Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 United States

Imagine a North Carolina where:

Businesses attract and retain the best talent.
Employees have access to workplace benefits that support their family, especially their children’s healthy development.
Our next generation workforce has the skills and knowledge to succeed.
At the Family Forward NC Summit, we will explore how to achieve this vision by supporting and inspiring employers across the state to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices—big and small—that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development.

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March 2019

Webinar – High-Quality Early Learning Environments for North Carolina Babies and Toddlers

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children’s first three years lay the foundation for future learning, and high-quality child care helps prepare children for school and life success.  NCECF and Think Babies™ NC shared where North Carolina is on specific state-level policies that can support young children’s early learning through high quality early education environments and early intervention services. The webinar: Outlined the Think Babies™ NC initiative and its connection with the Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative and the NC Early Childhood Action Plan  Released two…

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February 2019

Webinar – Ensuring Good Health and Development for North Carolina Babies and Toddlers

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Children’s development during the first three years of life is strongly impacted by their health. Experiences during this time are hardwired into their brains and bodies, forming the foundation for all subsequent development.  NCECF and Think Babies™ NC shared where North Carolina is on specific state-level policies that can support young children’s physical health, developmental screening and social-emotional health. The webinar: Recapped the NC Early Childhood Summit, which was hosted by the NC Department of Health and Human Services on…

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Webinar – Best Practices in Book Giving Programs

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Does your organization provide books to children in your community? Are you considering a book giving strategy to support children’s summer learning? Our new guide, Summer Counts: A Guide to Support Summer Learning Through Book Giving, can help. NCECF worked with Book Harvest of Durham to create this new guide. With all the skills and know-how of Book Harvest, the guide features nine research-supported best practices in book giving. Book Harvest’s signature initiative, Books on Break, highlights these best practices in…

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