Writer. Tar Heel born & bred. Wannabe poet. Purveyor of pop culture. Over-sharer.

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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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...

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Early childhood development has taught me a lot — as a reporter and a human

“You must have a good aura about you.” I was sitting on a small bench beside Shari Johnson, a Durham...

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Can a new way of assessing kids entering kindergarten help them learn? NC hopes so.

Assessments often get a bad rap. They can take away from valuable instruction time. And they can put pressure on...

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Child care industry, already fragile, needs financial support for front-line work

Though Darlene Brannon, director of Durham child care center Kids Korner Academy, has been able to keep her eight employees...

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Still have to work? Here’s how to find and pay for child care

As Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus prohibits more people from traveling to work,...

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North Carolina Symphony goes virtual for COVID-19 remote learning

The North Carolina Symphony is offering free virtual access to a concert and educational materials for teachers, students, and parents...

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Child care centers that remain open face challenges — and tough choices

Over the last week, Kristen Idacavage, director of Kids R Kids Learning Academy, a private child care center and elementary...

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Questions about early learning during the COVID-19 outbreak? We want to help.

Whether you are a child care center director trying to decide whether to close, or an educator looking for distance...

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Suddenly at home with your young children? Here’s how to keep them engaged and learning.

As child care facilities struggle to decide whether to close during the coronavirus pandemic, many parents might face a lot...