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ESSA Early Learning Problems of Practice and Strategies for Action

date_range 2019
library_books Meeting Material
lightbulb_outline Every Student Succeeds Act
attach_file High Quality Early Care and Education
attach_file Local Policy and Practice
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Supports for Families

ISSUE BRIEF: Supporting Strong Families and Communities for North Carolina Babies and Toddlers

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
lightbulb_outline Family Forward NC
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file Safe at Home
attach_file State Policy and Practice
attach_file National Research and Policy
attach_file Social-Emotional Health

This issue brief shares the results of a self-assessment of state-level policies around supporting babies' and toddlers' families and communities. Research demonstrates that when these policies are in place, babies and toddlers are more likely to thrive.

Checklist: LEA/Head Start Coordination Guidance

date_range 2019
library_books Meeting Material
lightbulb_outline Every Student Succeeds Act
attach_file High Quality Early Care and Education
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Early Intervention
attach_file Supports for Families

Guidance for NC school districts, Head Starts and other early learning partners about coordination required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Head Start Act.

ISSUE BRIEF: Ensuring Good Health and On-Track Development for North Carolina Babies and Toddlers

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
attach_file Healthy Birthweight
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Early Intervention
attach_file Safe at Home
attach_file State Policy and Practice

This issue brief shares the results of a self-assessment of state-level policies around supporting babies' and toddlers' health and on-track development. Research demonstrates that when these policies are in place, babies and toddlers are more likely to thrive.

Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Action Framework

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
attach_file High Quality Early Care and Education
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Early Intervention
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file Regular School Attendance

Hundreds of North Carolina leaders have worked across sectors, geography, and the political aisle to co-create a blueprint for North Carolina to improve a key developmental milestone for young children—reading on grade-level by the end of third grade. The NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Action framework outlines expectations for the state’s child and family serving systems and actions to support children’s social-emotional health, ensure high quality birth-through-age-eight early learning environments, and create the conditions for every child to be in school every day.

Public Health Leaders’ Conference Presentation

date_range 2019
library_books Presentation
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
attach_file Healthy Birthweight
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Early Intervention
attach_file State Policy and Practice

NCECF presented on the Pathways model at the 2019 Public Health Leaders' Conference in Raleigh.

Think Babies™ Fact Sheet: Paid Family and Medical Leave

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file State Policy and Practice

Providing new parents with the opportunity to care for a child benefits everyone involved. The first weeks and months of a child's life are critical to development. Because of the important role of parents in this early period, paid family leave can have effects on relationship-building, parental involvement, health, and well-being that last throughout a child’s life.

Think Babies™ Fact Sheet: Access to Health Insurance

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health

High-quality, affordable health care helps parents work and support their children. Parents can’t get to work, or take care of their children, when they’re not healthy. Unfortunately, in North Carolina approximately 500,000 North Carolinians don’t earn enough to buy private health insurance, but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. In North Carolina, over 15% of parents of infants and toddlers are uninsured, and closing this “coverage gap” would provide over 100,000 parents the improved health and access to the care they need to thrive, which in turn improves children’s health and development.12 To improve the health of current and prospective parents and their children, North Carolina should take advantage of available federal funding to expand access to insurance coverage.

Think Babies™ Fact Sheet: Home Visiting

date_range 2019
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Physical Health
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file State Policy and Practice

A stable, secure relationship with a nurturing, caring adult is a key factor in young children’s development. Parents play the lead role in their children’s healthy development, but all parents are stretched in the earliest months and years of their children’s lives. Home visiting programs, which match parents with trained professionals to provide in-home support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first years, are an effective method to support families, particularly when they are part of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services.

Pathways Design Team Evaluation

date_range 2018
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
attach_file High Quality Early Care and Education
attach_file Social-Emotional Health
attach_file Early Intervention
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file Regular School Attendance

Process evaluation of the 2017-2018 Pathways Design Teams, including racial equity work.