NORTH CAROLINA EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION INC

Raleigh, NC   |  www.buildthefoundation.org

Mission

To marshal North Carolina’s great people, ideas, and achievements to ensure equitable access to opportunity and success for every child by the end of third grade.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Muffy Grant

Main address

514 Daniels Street, #173

Raleigh, NC 27605 USA

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EIN

45-3971534

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We help improve the health, education, and well-being of North Carolina’s children from birth-to-age-eight and their families

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pathways to Grade Level Reading

All North Carolina children, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade, and all children with disabilities achieve expressive and receptive communication skills commensurate with their developmental ages, so that they have the greatest opportunity for life success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Family Forward NC is an innovative initiative to improve children’s health and well-being and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive. It is a business-led change to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices — big and small — that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Mobilizing communities to ensure that more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. It is a collaborative effort by foundations, non-profit organizations, business leaders and government agencies supporting children’s school readiness, summer learning and regular school attendance.

North Carolina’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has a vision where diverse and inclusive communities grow thriving readers, beginning at birth and continuing through third grade, so each child is prepared for success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strengthens federal support for early learning and provides new opportunities for birth-through-third grade alignment, accountability and funding. NCECF is leveraging ESSA as a tool to support state and local collaboration across birth-through-eight systems.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The first toolkit nationwide to support local communities in pursuing local, public investments in early childhood.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

An open source campaign that provides presentations and supporting materials for communities across NC and the country to start early childhood advocacy campaigns.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

A collaborative team of early childhood supporters working together to transform the NC childcare system by collecting input from NC parents, child care center directors, educators, family child care home providers, and those who provide informal care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

To build a robust, evidence-based, and accessible early childhood social-emotional health system in North Carolina.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to nurture and advance an equitable early childhood ecosystem that improves health and well-being for children, particularly children and families of color from under-resourced and overburdened communities, and leads to a healthier, more prosperous state, now and in the future.

Our vision is that each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for life-long health, education, and well-being supported by a comprehensive, equitable birth-to-eight ecosystem.

PROMOTING UNDERSTANDING
• Effectively communicating the importance of early childhood investments
• Centering racial equity in our work and communicating why it is critical to close the opportunity gap for children of color in their earliest years
• Engaging business leaders and elected officials to champion early care and education
• Lifting up community and family voices to guide decision making

SPEARHEADING COLLABORATION
• Convening state and local health, education, family, business, and policy leaders, to build strong alignment across early childhood systems and actively foster discussion, dialogue, and collaboration
• Encouraging accountability

ADVANCING POLICIES
• Providing policy analysis, resources and data
• Inspiring innovation and action for change
• Connecting and clarifying the complex landscape of policies, programs, research, and state agency agendas that impact children and families

IN OUR DAILY WORK, WE:
• Continuously grow our understanding of systems of oppression, power, and antiracism and challenge racist policies and ideas
• Lead and convene holistic, collaborative, and solution-based coalitions, workgroups, and discussions within the early childhood ecosystem to drive and inspire systemic change
• Act as a bridge that can nimbly connect the work that each organization brings to the early childhood ecosystem • Collect, distill, and synthesize essential information to inform early childhood stakeholders
• Leverage, advise, and influence policies that are beneficial to align the early childhood ecosystem and lead to better outcomes for children and families, especially children and families of color

NCECF has built bipartisan support for investments in children’s early learning, we’ve engaged with business, community, education and government and policy leaders to inspire them to collaborate on shared measures and actions to support child health, education and well-being, and we’ve helped influence policy change to achieve results for young children.

Our initiatives include:
Pathways to Grade Level Reading
NC Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Family Forward NC
Early Well
Care and Learning (CandL)
First 2000 Days
Local Financing for Early Learning
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Think Babies NC

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NORTH CAROLINA EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patti Gillenwater

Elinvar Leadership Solutions

Term: 2022 -

Harold Sellars

Easter Maynard

IMC

Peggy Wang

Pricewaterhouse Cooper

Peggy Carter

Matty Lazo-Chadderton

NC Governor’s Office, Public Engagement

Banu Valladares

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

Jennifer Vu

Wake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Munro Richardson

Read Charlotte

Sherry Franklin

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Nation Hahn

EdNC

Hal Kaplan

Kaplan Early Learning Corporation

Rashidah Lopez-Morgan

Education First

Margaret Annunziata

Isothermal Community College

Kelli Ovies

Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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