What North Carolina can learn from other states
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If you’ve been following the Early Bird team for the last few months, you know we’ve been traveling across the country to learn from states that are leading the way in early childhood policy and investment.
We’ve traveled more than 13,000 miles — by planes, trains, cars, and boats — from Salem, MA to Salem, OR.
Back home in North Carolina, we spoke with more than a dozen experts about what we learned. They helped us understand how the strategies we identified on our Learning Adventures could work in the context of our beloved home state. Here’s what we found.
Advocacy from the business community, grassroots organizing, streamlining governance, and identifying/creating new funding streams were all essential strategies in Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon, and New Mexico.
Experts told EdNC that North Carolina is well-positioned to adopt these strategies, and reclaim our position as a leader in early childhood policy and investment.
With the funding cliff looming this summer, the time is now.
One thing that kept coming up in the states we visited was the question of how to recruit, retain, and better compensate the early childhood workforce. Some states had strategies in place to work on addressing these issues, but no one had it all figured out yet. And several told us that’s their next focus. Maybe this is an opportunity for North Carolina to be an innovator?
We’ll be watching alongside all of you to see what happens this year…
We’re excited to be back in our home state, and we’re ready to come see all of the amazing things y’all are doing for our littlest learners this year!
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From the organizers: This annual event brings together professionals from across the country who are working on advocacy, policy, funding, strategy development and systems building toward implementation and sustainability of programs, as well as strategies and funding that support early education systems nationally and in states and communities across the country. The Convening offers two days of workshops, a keynote presentation, plenary session, and a networking reception.
The convening will take place April 10-11, 2024 in Chapel Hill. Registration is due by March 15, but Early Bird rates are available through January 31.
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From the organizers: A study published in October 2023 revealed that Americans who are most at risk of eviction are babies and toddlers. These findings are consistent with data showing that the person who is most likely to stay in a homeless shelter in the U.S. is an infant under the age of one. Despite the disproportionate risks of homelessness faced by infants, toddlers, and school-age children, and the harmful impact of homelessness on their health, development, and future learning, these children are invisible to the public, policymakers, housing/homelessness system, and, all too often, even to the early childhood programs, and public schools that could mitigate the impact of homelessness on child development and connect families to housing and services. This webinar will review the study’s findings and examine its implications for policies and practices to stabilize children, youth, and families. In addition, we’ll learn from practitioners about efforts to prevent evictions among families and respond to the needs of all family members when evictions do occur. Finally, we’ll look at policy reforms that can prevent and mitigate harm.
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The English webinar will be held on January 30 at 6pm. The Spanish webinar will be held on February 6 at 6pm (registrarse para español).