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Did you know that 50% of first graders did not meet reading proficiency standards at the end of the 2015-16 school year? Research shows us that reading proficiency by third grade is a key predictor of high school graduation, as well as college enrollment and completion. In a state where 67% of all jobs by 2020 will require post-secondary education and training, this isn’t just an early childhood education issue – it’s a workforce issue, an economic development issue and a finance issue.
For North Carolina’s successful economic future, we need the other half.
In February 2017, the Institute for Emerging Issues held a special “Focus Forum” where we examined the connections between early childhood investments, North Carolina’s economy, and the development of a well-trained workforce. Over the summer, we traveled across the state sharing and gathering insights around county “Crib to Career” pipeline data. This fall, we convened a special “Blue Ribbon Commission” comprised of local and state leaders from across the state to explore the financing of early childhood programs.
And, in February 2018, we expanded the focus to include a closer look at local/state and federal policies that impact early childhood programs, financing opportunities, health perspectives, workforce and skills gap issues, business practices that positively impact children and families, and hands-on audience engagement aimed at helping communities design, implement and fund early childhood programs.
KidsReadyNC — Now accepting applications through March. 9.
IEI also launched KidsReadyNC, an 18-month initiative to help selected Tier 1 or Tier 2 communities strengthen the capacity of their local early childhood development systems to deliver better outcomes on one of the seven “measures of success” identified by NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading (“Pathways”) stakeholders as priorities for action. Selected communities will receive tools, technical assistance, and participate in a peer learning process, all designed to boost capacity and improve outcomes. Visit emergingissues.org/kidsreadync for additional information and to submit an application.
Let’s invest early in our future!
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