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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.

Presentation: Supporting Strong Families and Communities for North Carolina Babies and Toddlers

date_range 2019
library_books Presentation
lightbulb_outline Pathways to Grade-Level Reading
lightbulb_outline Think Babies™ NC
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file Safe at Home
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file State Policy and Practice

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.

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: 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.

Think Babies Policy Priorities

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

Think Babies™ NC seeks to advance policies that support the healthy development of North Carolina’s babies and toddlers. It is aligned with the NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative and the NC Early Childhood Action Plan. Think Babies™ NC is led by the NC Early Education Coalition with support from the NC Early Childhood Foundation and a Leadership Team of state and local organizations focused on advancing public awareness and policy solutions for infants, toddlers, and their families.

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.

Webinar Recording: Are More Home Visiting Programs Needed in North Carolina?

date_range
library_books Webinar / Video
attach_file State Policy and Practice
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions

Paul Lanier, author of the North Carolina Landscape Study of Early Home Visiting Programs, shares the report’s findings and recommendations.

North Carolina Early Home Visiting Landscape Analysis

date_range 2018
library_books Report/Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families
attach_file State Policy and Practice

The purpose of this landscape study was to address basic questions regarding home visiting in North Carolina have been largely unknown, including: How many families receive home visiting? What program models are operating and where? How large is the home visiting workforce in our state? Where are the largest areas of unmet need? What are the facilitators and barriers to
statewide implementation?

Webinar Presentation: Home Visiting Landscape in NC

date_range
library_books Presentation
attach_file Parent-Child Interactions
attach_file Supports for Families

Paul Lanier, author of the North Carolina Landscape Study of Early Home Visiting Programs, shares the report’s findings and recommendations.