North Carolina Early Learning Network (NC-ELN)

The North Carolina Early Learning Network, funded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), provides early learning communities with professional development and technical assistance to support preschool children with disabilities and their families through the vision of DPI's Office of Early Learning:

"Each child is honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life."

3 children huggingThe Early Learning Network promotes the development and successful participation of North Carolina’s preschool-age exceptional children in a broad range of activities and contexts, including their homes, early learning programs, and communities. The Network provides professional development and technical assistance based on guiding principles and values, aligned with the State Performance Plan (SPP) and reported in the Annual Performance Report (APR).  Preschool coordinators have access to multi-tiered levels of support and facilitated cross-sector professional development.

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Goals of the Early Learning Network:

  • Provide support and training to the NC Preschool Exceptional Children Coordinators.
  • Increase the knowledge, skills, and capacity of early learning communities across the state through evidence-based training and technical assistance.
  • Develop and disseminate evidence and research-based materials.
  • Contribute to the development of state level guidance documents, processes, and training materials.
  • Scale-up multi-tiered systems of support to ensure early childhood learning through program wide implementation.
  • Collaborate among and within agencies to maximize resources.

Early Childhood System in North Carolina