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Liz Bell is a reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Hickory and went to Fred T. Foard High School. Liz is a graduate from the School of Media and Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She has previously written for The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, and The News and Observer. In her free time, she likes to travel and watch too many movies.

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NC Child releases annual indicators of children’s well-being for all 100 counties

NC Child, a nonprofit organization that focuses on issues that affect young children, has released its 2020 County Data Cards...

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Task force’s work on improving reading instruction to go before State Board next week

The State Board of Education Literacy Task Force is zeroing in on its final recommendations for how reading instruction should...

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Home visiting without home visiting: Programs adapt and support families — but with limited reach

Julie Smith, a licensed counselor for Child First, an intensive home visiting program that provides mental health support to young...

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NC should measure children’s social and emotional health, a report says. Here’s how.

Experts in children’s health are worried about the COVID-19 ordeal’s potential effects on young brains. Especially in the earliest years...

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DHHS grants will help child care centers that remained open or are reopening

Financial relief could come as soon as next week for child care centers that have been caring for children despite...

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Child care centers say they’re still in need as they reopen to working parents

Child care centers remain in the challenging position of supporting North Carolina’s working parents with insufficient resources, center leaders and...

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Here are a literacy task force’s initial ideas on bettering the teaching of reading

A team of education leaders, charged with recommending improvements to reading instruction in classrooms across North Carolina, is refining its...

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See where your county stands with child care access and closures

As the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans a gradual reopening, early childhood advocates are pointing to the...

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How the early learning community is leading the pandemic response in a rural corner of western NC

When Nickey Stamey was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was comforted by the way her community in western North Carolina...

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What will COVID-19 mean for North Carolina preschool?

North Carolina’s public preschool program, NC Pre-K, ranked in the middle of similar programs throughout the country on such measures...

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DPI investigation provides context to text messages referenced in Istation case

An internal investigation at the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), according to a statement released Friday, found a computer of...

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From early childhood to higher ed: One community college instructor’s journey

When Ginger Harris graduated from high school in Chatham County, she didn’t know exactly what was next. Her parents didn’t...