Statewide Birth-5 Needs Assessment

The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education is funding a statewide Birth-5 Needs Assessment (B-5 NA) as part of an initial federal requirement of the Preschool Development Grant (PDG). The B-5 NA will be used in developing a statewide strategic plan and will draw from other recent needs assessments. As part of the B-5 NA, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will complete a statewide B-5 NA to inform DCDEE of ongoing needs for planning to strengthen the early childhood system.

The B-5 NA will be a written report and will focus on five major topics as required by the PDG: 1) data needs; 2) quality and availability of early childhood education (ECE) services; 3) availability and usefulness of information for families; 4) transitions to public school; and 5) collaboration and coordination across the early childhood system. The report will be due July 1, 2019. After that date, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will participate in state planning efforts based on the findings of the Needs Assessment.

FPG Project Staff:
Ximena Franco, Principal Investigator
Doré R. LaForett, Co-Principal Investigator
Noreen M. Yazejian, Co-Principal Investigator
Mary E. Bratsch-Hines, Advanced Research Scientist
Christine Coster Harradine, Content Developer / Manager
Sandra L. Soliday Hong, Research Scientist
Christina M. Kasprzak, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Sharon E. Loza, Technical Assistance Associate
Katy McCullough, Technical Assistance Specialist
Ellen S. Peisner-Feinberg, Senior Research Scientist
Sherri Britt Williams, Technical Assistance Specialist
Allison C. De Marco, Advanced Research Scientist
M. Taylor Simpson, Research Assistant
Funding Agency: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Funding Period: 03/01/2019 - 01/31/2020
Award Amount: $524,935