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KidsReadyNC Applications Due

March 9, 2018

The Institute for Emerging Issues is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for KidsReadyNC.  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.

Applications are due no later than March 9, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available here.

Why KidsReadyNC?

KidsReadyNC aims to bring together enthusiastic, multi-stakeholder teams from the state’s Tier 1 and 2 counties who are not currently engaged in significant new efforts but are interested in committing to improvement in the health and development outcomes of their young children. While there are several important, inspirational, resource-intensive efforts already underway in the state’s urban centers, such as Forsyth County’s Great Expectations and Project ImpactEast Durham Children’s Initiative, Guilford County’s Ready for School, Ready for Life and Read Charlotte among others—these efforts enjoy significant levels of identified funding and other resources many communities may lack.

KidsReadyNC pilots an early childhood system capacity-building model delivering state-of-the-art technical assistance with a more modest funding commitment from the community and outside funders. It is a lower-cost model designed to produce positive outcomes for the participating communities while creating strategies and successes that other similar communities can draw upon in the future.


The benefits of participation are several.

  • Knowledge Expansion: Participating communities will access the most current research and expertise around key drivers of third grade reading proficiency, early childhood financing, institutional improvement, effective data use, and other relevant domains.
  • Improved System Planning: Each community will develop a comprehensive, data-informed action plan informed by technical assistance and the community’s unique environment.
  • Improved System Performance: In the last six months of the KidsReadyNC process, communities will begin implementation of their plan. Depending on the specifics of each initiative, a community may show improvement in program and system components and tangible improvement in the quality of relevant delivered services.
  • Valuable New Relationships: Through the technical assistance process and semi-annual meetings, each community will develop and deepen relationships within its early childhood network (e.g., to stakeholders, resource holders, organizations, advocates). Participation in the initiative will include a peer-learning component to provide mutual learning and support.
  • A Model for Other Lower-Resourced Communities: This initiative intentionally engages lower-resourced communities to pilot an approach we expect will prove valuable in helping similar communities across the state.

The Institute for Emerging Issues is the lead organizing partner of the KidsReadyNC initiative. Technical assistance providers and their areas of focus are:

  • Janice Gruendel, Ph.D., M.Ed., Senior Fellow, Institute for Child Success and Fellow, Zigler Center in Child Development, Yale University
    • Janice will help each community to: build a well-functioning project leadership team; identify and engage stakeholders outside the leadership team in support of the effort; and, related, communicate the team’s work to the community (and beyond, as needed).
  • Laura Louison and Oscar Fleming, National Implementation Research Network, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
    • Laura and Oscar will help each community to apply best practices to program selection and implementation. Communities will: explore need; identify implementation priorities; develop strategies to strengthen infrastructure; and use data for improvement.
  • Elizabeth Gaines and Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom, The Forum for Youth Investment
    • Elizabeth and Alicia will work with each community on “fiscal mapping,” a process that allows each community to better understand the amount and nature of funding being directed at all early childhood services and supports, including those related to its chosen measure of success. This process establishes a baseline of investments available. It can illuminate gaps, opportunities and inequities by clarifying where all early childhood development funds are and are not being invested.

For more information and to access the call for applications, click here.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available here.

Please direct any question about this initiative to:

Patrick Cronin
Assistant Director for Policy and Programs
Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University
pcronin@ncsu.edu | 919-513-3540


March 9, 2018