Decline in NC’s Reading Scores Calls for an Equity-Based Approach

Fourth grade reading proficiency scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment are out, and certain groups of students are clearly still facing the most barriers to opportunity. Reversing a downhill slide will require taking an equity-based approach…

Generating Local Revenue to Expand Early Learning Programs

Is your organization or community considering how to generate new revenue for early childhood programs? Across the country, momentum is building for local governments – cities and counties – to help provide greater access to early learning programs. Through a…

AttendaNCe Counts: Monitoring Data to Boost Attendance

When it comes to making sure young children are in school every day, data matters. Kimberlee Stone, principal of C.C. Wright Elementary in Wilkes County, has made student attendance a priority. Data drives the practices her team employs to reduce…

Color of Education Summit Addresses Equity in Education

North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation staff arrived in full force on October 26th at the Color of Education Summit, an all-day racial equity learning opportunity that brought together policymakers, educators, nonprofit leaders, community members, parents, and students to discuss topics…

Upcoming Webinar on Ensuring Complete Census Count in 2020

The 2010 Census missed over 45,000 North Carolina residents. That undercount resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenue to our communities and the loss of a seat in Congress. Reaching “hard-to-count” populations in 2020 is critical to North Carolina’s…

NC Early Childhood Legislative Caucus Learns from Experts

A newly formed Early Childhood Caucus at the NC General Assembly met this week to learn about young children in North Carolina from early childhood experts. Muffy Grant, NCECF’s Executive Director, shared polling data with the Caucus showing broad bipartisan…