NC Pre-K One of Only Two State Preschool Programs in the Nation that Measure Teaching Quality and Meet Standards

Published by: NC Early Childhood Foundation (January 3, 2019)child blocks2

NC Pre-K provides high-quality preschool to eligible four-year-olds in North Carolina. The state’s preschool program scored significantly better than the average state preschool program on a recent nationwide assessment of preschool quality. NC Pre-K scores well on having rigorous, well-articulated early learning policies and using best practices.

Notably, North Carolina is:

  • One of only two state preschool programs in the nation that measure and meet standards for high quality teaching;
  • One of only nine programs judged to have effective curriculum;
  • One of only 14 programs that meet criteria for high quality professional development; and
  • One of only 16 programs judged to make data-driven decisions.

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Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Reach One Millionth Book Milestone in NC

DPIL Millionth Book Facebook minThe one millionth book was delivered this month directly to the home of a young North Carolina child thanks to a partnership between the globally recognized early literacy program Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Smart Start, North Carolina’s early childhood network. The program has currently registered nearly 200,000 children to date.

“Smart Start and the Imagination Library dared to dream big and look what we have done!” stated Dolly Parton, the founder of the program. “And best of all we are just getting started. We want to inspire every child in North Carolina to love reading and to love learning.

During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through Imagination Library to children across the state. Imagination Library is a program created to foster a love of reading among children aged birth to five through the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.

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Luncheon Recap

Thank you for joining us as we concluded our 20th anniversary year with the Voices for Children Luncheon. We want to thank our Board of Directors, staff, direct service providers, and community for helping us change young lives in Cabarrus County. There are no words to express how grateful we are for your support.

In case you missed it:

Download: 2017-18 Annual Report

Video: Arath's Journey (A.L. Brown Principal and Teacher Interviews)

Video: Arath's Presentation at the Voices for Children Luncheon

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Donate Yarn for a Great Cause

By Lyne Goode, Cabarrus Partnership for Children

Isn't it amazing how life throws people at you when you need them the most?

We are beginning our Cuddle Up Coat Drive this month, and I was at the Kannapolis Library dropping off a collection box. As I walked back to my car, a woman named Liz stopped me to ask about the coat donation box she had seen me carrying in. She explained that her mom, Linda, had crocheted a bag full of beautiful baby blankets and hats for children and wondered if the Partnership could use them. I took them with a heartfelt thank you and couldn't wait to return to the office with a bag full of love. As the day went on, I realized that I had Liz's name but no contact information to send a proper thank you. Amazingly enough, I received an e-mail the next morning from Linda, Liz's mom, the creator of these beautiful "yarn hugs". She explained that she would love to create more of these for the children and all she would need is a donation of yarn!

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