TABLE 1.

Why Birth Through Eight?

Health and development on track from birth, including such outcomes as:
All babies are born at a healthy gestational age and birth weight.
All children are on track developmentally.
All children have access to early intervention as needed.
All parents have access to needed health, substance use disorder, and domestic violence services.
Supportive and supported families and communities, including such outcomes as:
All children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships with families/parents/caregivers and other adults.
All families have access to home visiting, family support, and parenting education programs.
All families have access to paid sick, maternity, and paternity leave.
All families have access to stable, safe, affordable housing and transportation.
High quality birth-through-age-eight learning environments with regular attendance, including such outcomes as:
All children are prepared to succeed in school.
All children have access to affordable, high-quality early education, beginning at birth.
All children attend school regularly.
  • Source. Build the Foundation. Shared Measures of Success to Put North Carolina’s Children on a Pathway to Grade-Level Reading. 2018. (See reference 9.)