At the local level, policies that affect young children and families happen through the implementation of federal and state laws. Finding new ways to address critical issues and needs also happens at the local level where on the ground decision-making can spark innovation and different ways of thinking about solutions.
The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation supports local implementation of federal and state laws and policies through:
- Curating, synthesizing and sharing practices and policies proven to improve children’s outcomes on the measures that matter for early literacy and well-being.
- Promoting actionable strategies and providing practical guidance about what communities can do to advance progress on young children’s literacy and well-being.
- Supporting the convening of community organizations to promote alignment of their work for greater impact.
- Promoting innovation through sharing successful local strategies from across the country.
Early Learning Requirements and Opportunities in the ESEA and Related Programs
A summary of some of the areas in which funds may or must be used to support early learning. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of early learning opportunities under the ESEA, nor does it include all of the specific requirements for each program.
ESSA and Early Childhood: Exploring What's Possible
This presentation was shared at regional meetings held in January 2018 to support collaboration between LEAs and early learning leaders in developing birth-through-eight strategies for district ESSA plans.
Investing in Early Learning: Bright Spots in North Carolina
This fact sheet highlights North Carolina examples of counties and municipalities using local dollars to invest in early learning.