(1) Communication



Communication Materials


  • The Boston Basics
    • This free initiative was started by Harvard economics professor Ron Ferguson, who — with a group of his African American colleagues in Boston — got very tired of the persistence of racial achievement gaps in the city and in America. He worked from the neuroscience of early development to identify five principals of parent-child engagement that have the potential to tip the balance on improving developmental outcomes for young children.
    • There are five short videos, each with a parents’ tip sheet and other materials. The videos are available online for free and are in English, Spanish and Haitian now with other language translations pending. There is also a new Community Toolkit, freely available on the website.
  • By becoming a partner in this work, a community or state can license the materials and recreate them in the name of their own community. Here are some best practices:


Business Case
  • Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success, Council for a Stronger America Report
    • A report that examines how character skills formed in early childhood contribute to building a strong workforce
  • The Business Case For Child Care, WilmingtonBiz
    • Employees need high-quality child care; child care worries affect productivity and absenteeism, which are critical to a business’s bottom line.
  • Leading the Way: A Guide for Business Engagement in Early Education, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Toolkit
    • A toolkit that provides resources for the business community to advance access to high-quality, affordable childcare.
  • Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce Report
    • This report focuses on early learning as an investment in workforce development by supporting policies that proffer high-quality, evidence-based learning programs
  • Guide to Family Forward Workplaces. NC Early Childhood Foundation, 2019.
    • Evidence-based guidance on benefits that positively impact child health and provide a positive return on investment for employers; sample policies and case studies from NC employers; steps for how to get started implementing new policies or enhance existing ones
  • Why Reading Matters and What To Do About It – Business Roundtable (2016)
    • From the employer perspective, a report about the importance of reading proficiency by third grade, the negative impacts of low proficiency rates, and policy steps that can be taken.
  • Want to Grow North Carolina’s Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis  – ReadyNation (2019)
    • From the employer perspective, this report details how the lack of affordable child care, especially for infants and toddlers, negatively impacts the economy and costs families, taxpayers, and businesses.


Communicating with Health Care Providers


Communicating with Faith-Based Organizations


Communicating with Educators



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