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The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) contracted with the NC Early Childhood Foundation to develop North Carolina’s Birth through Five Strategic Plan. As collaboration is a key component of this effort, many partners actively participated in the development of the plan, including the leadership of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the North Carolina Partnership for Children, the NC Head Start State Collaboration Office, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Child Care Services Association, the Governor’s Office, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The Strategic Plan was built around four goals that align with the Needs Assessment, the state’s Early Childhood Action Plan, the Pathways to Grade-level Reading initiative, the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education (that is addressing the landmark Leandro ruling reaffirming the State’s constitutional duty to ensure all children have the opportunity to receive a sound basic education), and the Birth – 3rd Grade Interagency Council Policy Recommendations.
A report of the Strategic Plan summarizing detailed strategies, partnerships, and a timeline to drive progress toward each goal is accessible below.
DCDEE looks forward to engaging its partners and stakeholders in reviewing and updating the Strategic Plan over the course of the renewal grant period to align with emerging needs and opportunities identified through a review and update of the Needs Assessment.