2015 NC RTT-ELC Grant Partners Meeting Held

Raleigh / NC

Over 120 participants met on December 1st at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh for the 2015 North Carolina Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant Partners meeting. The event provided the opportunity to update participants on grant accomplishments, progress, plans for 2016, and the grant's impact on early childhood systems building efforts in our State. Lucy Roberts, Early Childhood Policy Advisor for the Office of the Governor and NC RTT-ELC Director, welcomed attendees. Kristen Guillory, NC RTT-ELC Project Manager provided an overview of grant successes and plans for the final year. State agency partners provided detailed updates on projects that have been completed and those continuing into 2016, and how those projects fit into the agency vision and early childhood system. Presenters included Jennifer Johnson, NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, Dr. Lisa Eads, NC Community College System, Khari Garvin, NC Head Start State Collaboration Office, Danny Staley and Marshall Tyson, NC Division of Public Health, John Pruette and Cindy Bagwell, NC Department of Public Instruction, and Lucy Roberts, NC Early Childhood Advisory Council/Office of the Governor. These presentations were followed by a presentation by Tracy Zimmerman and Lisa Finaldi of the NC Early Childhood Foundation on a new communications planning project to highlight the impact of the grant and build support for the future. The afternoon featured two sessions to address "Enhancing NC's Early Childhood System to Support Better Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families". Oscar Fleming of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) presented "Applying Implementation Science in Early Childhood" and a panel of state partners discussed how implementation science has been embedded in their work and their agency. Panel members included Dan Tetreault, NC Department of Public Instruction, who discussed "Implementation Science and the K-3 Formative Assessment", Laura Louison, NIRN, who presented "Lessons Learned and Future Directions of Implementation Science in the Transformation Zone", and Christina DiSalvo, NC Partnership for Children, on "Embedding Implementation Science in Agency Infrastructure". Dr. Dale Epstein, Child Trends, and John Pruette, NC Department of Public Instruction, closed the day with a presentation on "How Early Childhood Integrated Data can Inform Program and Policy Decisions: Next Steps for NC ECIDS". This session included upcoming reports and the launch of the web portal, as well as a discussion on how NC ECIDS can be used to inform future program and policy decisions in early childhood for North Carolina. The day was packed with information sharing and networking among state partners who have built strong relationships through the work of this grant to build a stronger early childhood system in North Carolina. Read more to see the meeting agenda and all of the presentations.

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