North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation

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North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation Inc
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Founded in 2011, North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is an education nonprofit focused on support n.e.c.. It is a relatively small organization, with $821k in revenue and 5 employees. North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is headquartered in Raleigh, NC and its chairman is Easter Maynard as of December, 2019.


Program 1) Promote Understanding


NCECF engages business, faith, law enforcement,and community leaders as early childhood champions to effectively communicate thebroad societal impact of policies that affect early development and learning. Accomplishments in 2018 include:NCECF conducted a voter poll in 2018 on attitudes towards investment in early childhood and shared the results broadly with state and local leaders and decision-makers. Voters across political parties strongly support investing in early childhood.The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University began a rare two-year focus on early childhood, grounding much of its work in NCECFs Pathways to Grade-Level Reading initiative.Close to 300 local providers in 14 communities across the state gave input into what supports them and what gets in the way of their supporting children and families, to inform the state-level Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Design Team process.Through a Summer Learning Toolkit we created, summer learning ambassadors - camp counselors, librarians and faith leaders are sharing with parents why its important to keep children learning all summer long. More than 1,000 people accessed our summer learning toolkit and used it for programs with approximately 10,150 childrenNCECF launched a new and innovative initiative to improve childrens health and well-being and keep North Carolinas businesses competitive through family friendly workplaces. In its first year Family Forward NC reached out to nearly 1000 employers and employees to share information about the value of family friendly workplaces and understand challenges to implementation.

Program 2) Advancing Policy


NCECF provides policymakers, advocates, businessleaders and the public with research and analysis about the impact of federal andstate birth-to-eight policy and innovations proven to achieve results for youngchildren. Accomplishments in 2018 include:The Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Measures of Success Framework and Action Framework have served as the foundational documents for current statewide early childhood initiatives that are moving policy, including a legislatively-mandated B-3rd grade Interagency Council, the Governors Early Childhood Advisory Council, the UNC systems myFutureNC project, the Leandro case court remedy, NCs federal Essentials For Childhood grant, the Pritzker-funded Think Babies NC work, and the states Early Childhood Action Plan.The Think Babies NC initiative is influencing state and local policy in support of babies and toddlers healthy development.

Program 3) Spearhead Collaboration


NCECF leads and supports state and localcollaborations bringing together health, family support, birth-to-eight leadersacross government, policy, private, nonprofit, philanthropic and research sectors to advance a shared vision and course of action for maximum impact for children andfamilies. Accomplishments in 2018 include:A Design Team of more than 50 cross-sector state leaders from health, development, family supports, B-5 education and K-3 education fields co-created the Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Action Framework, which outlines expectations for the states child and family serving systems and actions to support childrens 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.More than 100 state leaders convened to endorse the Action Framework.Nearly 400 leaders from local education agencies, superintendent offices, Title I, Head Start, Smart Start, and early learning attended regional meetings across the state learned about opportunities to collaboratively develop their local commitments for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Twenty district teams applied and five were chosen for coaching and TA support for developing their local plans. Tools and learning were shared through a webinar.As the state lead for the NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we support a learning community of 14 urban and rural counties collaborating to improve childrens third grade reading scores. In 2018 we focused on building tools for summer learning and attendance initiatives. Four NC communities received national Pacesetter awards for their outcomes in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and three North Carolinians joined the national Council of Champions for their efforts on grade-level reading.


Patti Gillenwater Vice Chair
Duncan E. Munn Board Secretary
Harold G. Sellars Treasurer
Tracy Zimmerman Executive Dir.
Olson Huff Md Faap Director
Sheresa B. Blanchard Director
Peggy C. Carter Director
Dr Kenneth A. Dodge Director
Marian F. Earls Md Faap Director
Dan Gerlach Director
Matty Lazo-chadderton Director
Tracey Greene-washington Director
Gregory Alcorn Director
Easter Maynard Chairman
Charles F. Willson Board Member
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