Mandy Ableidinger

Mandy Ableidinger is the NC Early Childhood Foundation’s Deputy Director.

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Perspective | NC Pre-K slips in national rankings as COVID-19 crisis underscores need

NC Pre-K is serving the same percentage of the state’s 4-year-olds that it was 10 years ago, and the program...

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Perspective | North Carolina’s new Preschool Development Grant: How will $40M be invested?

A new three-year, $40 million federal grant will support improvements to North Carolina’s early education system (birth through five). The...

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Perspective | AttendaNCe Counts: Personalized early outreach improves regular attendance

Midway Elementary School principal Robbin Cooper believes that attendance challenges are best solved by intentionally engaging parents as partners. She’s...

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Perspective | What does the Leandro report propose for early childhood?

A report released Tuesday makes strong recommendations about how North Carolina can meet its obligation to provide a sound, basic...

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Perspective | AttendaNCe Counts: The importance of celebrating attendance

For the students at Union Elementary, the promise of a dance party is seriously motivating. Part of Principal Dondi Hobbs’...

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Perspective | AttendaNCe Counts: Monitoring data to boost attendance

When it comes to making sure young children are in school every day, data matters. Kimberlee Stone, principal of C.C....

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Perspective | AttendaNCe counts: Engaging students and parents

It’s still 90 degrees here in North Carolina and Halloween seems far off, but the 2019-20 school year is well...

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Broad collaboration on action plan to improve third-grade reading and child and family well-being

The North Carolina General Assembly has just kicked off a new legislative session, and third-grade reading outcomes are likely to...

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NC Pre-K one of only two state preschool programs in the nation that measure teaching quality and meet standards

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...

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Predictable third grade reading assessment results prompt the question – How can we do better?

The most recent NC end of third grade reading assessment results show scores hardly shifting from last year and continued...

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Getting our students to school on time

My three kids started school last week. With one in high school, one in middle school, and a wee first-grader,...

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Early Learning is Part of a “Sound Basic Education”

As North Carolina takes steps to improve educational equity, we should be intentional about a focus on early learning. Twenty...