Our work to promote understanding, spearhead collaboration, and advance policy is embedded in all that we do, including our signature initiatives.

    Care and Learning (CandL)

    Together with parents and teachers, we are reimagining an early childhood education system that truly meets the needs of the families it serves. The Care and Learning (CandL) coalition is a collaboration between several North Carolina organizations, including the NC… Learn More


    Founded in 2019, The EarlyWell Initiative brings together families and organizations across North Carolina who value infant and early childhood mental health to ensure all families are supported in ways that work best for them. The work is built on… Learn More

    Family Forward NC

    Business Smart. Family Friendly. Future Ready. Family Forward NC is an innovative initiative to improve children’s health and well-being and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive. It is a business-led change to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices — big and… Learn More

    First 2000 Days

    Early Investments. A Lifetime of Results. NCECF’s First 2000 Days Campaign has:Built bipartisan support for investments in children’s early learning by positioning early child development as an issue that impacts all North Carolinians. Engaged unexpected voices as messengers. Recruited… Learn More

    Local Financing for Early Learning

    Since 2016, NCECF has supported NC communities in pursuing local investments for early childhood. We published a toolkit and website, Local Funding for Early Learning: A North Carolina Community Toolkit, which details local funding mechanisms to expand early childhood investments.… Learn More

    NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

    Mobilizing Community Action Since 2015, the NC Early Childhood Foundation has served as the state lead for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in North Carolina. The national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has mobilized more than 350 communities across the country… Learn More

    Pathways to Grade-Level Reading

    What would be possible if…We adopted shared, whole child, birth-to-age-eight measures that put children on a pathway to grade-level reading? We coordinated strategies to support children’s optimal development beginning at birth? We aligned policies and practices that were rooted… Learn More

    Racial Equity

    NCECF explicitly acknowledges the impact of systemic racism and seeks to prioritize strategies, policies, and practices designed to both disrupt racism and alleviate its effects on North Carolina’s young children and families. By equity, we are referring to:Ensuring that… Learn More