First in Future: Where Emerging Ideas Take Flight is a podcast of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University that connects you with people thinking big thoughts about the future of North Carolina. Each week, we talk with business leaders, elected officials, researchers, people working bottom up and top down to make North Carolina great. We hope you’ll use their thinking to jumpstart your thinking about our state—where it is and where we might go together.
This week IEI Director Leslie Boney speaks with Page Lemel, vice chair of the Transylvania County Commissioners, about building collaboration around early childhood efforts. Next month, the Institute for Emerging Issues will be launching KidsReadyNC, a four-county Tier 1 and Tier 2 focus on early childhood education.This initiative is an 18-month effort to help selected Tier 1 or Tier 2 communities strengthen the capacity of their local early childhood development systems. Communities will be asked to select a NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (“Pathways”) measure of success as the focus of their work. Selected communities will receive tools, technical assistance and participate in a peer learning process, all designed to boost capacity and improve outcomes. IEI was greatly inspired by Lemel’s work in Transylvania County in building the effort.
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