The Statewide Birth-5 Needs Assessment is the first activity required as part of North Carolina's Preschool Development Grant. Research has established the importance of the early years for children's later success in school and life including knowledge about how growth of the brain and other body systems beginning prenatally is influenced by the physical, social, economic, and cultural contexts in which children live. This Needs Assessment highlights what North Carolina is doing to meet children's needs and where gaps exist in early childhood care and education (ECCE) services with information gathered through three key activities: (1) reviewing and synthesizing existing data and recent needs assessment reports addressing the services and needs of families with children birth to age five in North Carolina, (2) conducting listening sessions with families representing key target populations in the state, and (3) administering a statewide provider survey to gather information about services and barriers from providers who serve young children and their families. This Needs Assessment is organized around the four themes that emerged through the data collection activities: providing high-quality ECCE, ensuring children are on track for school success, fostering social-emotional resilience, and creating conditions for supportive and supported families.
Franco, X., Yazejian, N., LaForett, D., Peisner-Feinberg, E., Kasprzak, C. M., Bryant, D. M., . . . Zgourou, E. (2020). North Carolina statewide birth-5 needs assessment final report. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.