Crib to Career



The Economics of Early Childhood Investment


Our premise for this work is simple: it’s imperative that we are doing everything we can to prepare our children to face the challenges of tomorrow’s labor market. And that begins with early childhood development.

Crib to Career Workshops

This summer, IEI is traveling across the state to provide hands-on assistance and valuable data insights and resources. We are working with local leaders in rural and lower-resourced communities to help increase their awareness and knowledge of early childhood investment impacts, and to help communities take the next action step toward improving key indicators found to be critical to early childhood success.


Summer workshop convenings will feature:

  • The Connection Between Economic/Workforce Development and Early Childhood
  • Quantifying the Return: What’s the investment Potential for Your Community?
  • Connecting the Dots: Building a Workforce Pipeline that Begins in Early Childhood
  • Taking the Next Steps: A Visioning and Needs Assessment for Your Community

At the conclusion of these summer sessions, local leaders will emerge with a greater understanding of their community’s early childhood systems, its strengths, and how it fits into the larger picture of talent production and economic development. Our ultimate goal is to create “demonstration sites” where we direct the technical expertise of leaders in early childhood from across the nation into a few select communities in North Carolina.

To that end, all of this energy will be directed toward our February 2018 Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh. There, we will reconvene to continue the conversation around the “how to” of kidonomics. National political and industry expert leaders will descend on Raleigh for the largest and most impactful early childhood convening in the states’ history. Those communities interested in applying to become one of the five early childhood demonstration sites will have an opportunity to hone their applications through hands-on workshops from sector experts.

Is your community interested in serving as a regional host site for one of our early childhood workshop convenings? For more information, please contact Policy Manager Donnie Charleston at 919.515.4529, or at

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE to continue the conversation at the next Emerging Issues Forum, kidonomics, February 5-6, 2018!

Crib to Career Workshop Regional Locations:
(Click Your Region Below to Register for Workshop!
County links directly to “Crib to Career” Data)                        
In partnership with:                  
Aug. 29 Sandhills/Southeastern Region (includes Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, and Wayne Counties)

Cumberland County | 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM | Agenda | Slideshow


Aug. 30 Piedmont-Triad Region (includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties)

Rockingham County | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Agenda | Slideshow





Western Region (includes Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, and Transylvania Counties)

Transylvania County | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Agenda | Slideshow

*Event canceled due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma – will reschedule.

Sept.15 Southwest Region (includes Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union Counties)

Rowan County | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Agenda | Slideshow

Sept.18 Northwest Region (includes Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties)

Avery County | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Agenda | Slideshow


Sept.22 Eastern Region (includes Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, and Wilson Counties)

Nash-Edgecombe Counties | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Agenda | Slideshow


Oct.11 Western Region (includes Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, and Transylvania Counties)

Transylvania County | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Agenda | Slideshow

Regardless of the county you reside/work in, please feel free to register for any of the Crib to Career Workshops you may be interested in, or that may be more convenient for you to attend logistically.

Download IEI’s Crib to Career: North Carolina’s True Workforce Pipeline!

Looking for specific Crib to Career data for your county?

Click on the counties listed in the schedule of workshops above for specific county data! 

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