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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue says she’s shifting money to enroll another 2,000 at-risk 4-year-olds in a state program that helps them catch up to their peers before entering kindergarten.

Perdue’s office said Wednesday it has identified $9 million from child care subsidy funds to pay for an extra 2,000 slots in the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program.

A state judge overseeing North Carolina’s long-running school funding lawsuit ruled in July that no eligible child can be turned away from the free preschool education. The budget designed by the Republican-led Legislature required most families who qualified for the program to make a co-payment to participate.

GOP lawmakers have resisted putting more money into the program for the estimated 67,000 eligible children. The service is now available to nearly 25,000 children.

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10 Comments on "Perdue to move $9M to fund 2,000 more in NC Pre-K"

2015 years 9 months ago

What does a 4 year old have to catch up on? Just taxpayer funded baby sitting.I think Bev has really lost it. Most of the ones that will use this “service” probably pay no tax in the first place.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 9 months ago

4 year olds that have to catch up on having slack parents who did very little if not a thing to help them get ready for school.

2015 years 9 months ago

This person obviously doesn’t understand a thing about child development. Young children are so hungry to learn and if not taught when young, the disadvantages are enormous!! The educational environment has changed more that this person knows. I’m not a big fan of Gov. Perdue, but I applaud her support of the pre-K programs.
It’s not 1970 anymore.

2015 years 9 months ago

NC Pre-K started during the Hunt admin. as More At Four. Its purpose is for both at risk children and advanced children to start kindergarten at about the same skill level of understanding and about the same level of social skill. Prior to More At Four advanced children were held back because teachers had to spend class time trying to establish the at risk children. It is proven that the first years of a childs education sets to tone for the rest of their life. NC Pre-K is far from baby sitting. NC Pre-K is a highly structured developmnet program designed to expose at risk children to education and social skills many never receive at home. Most of these children don’t have much of a home life, many have little opportunity to interact with other children. Many have no church to attend.

2015 years 9 months ago

It’s hard to believe, but a lot of learning has already happened inside a child’s brain by the time he or she reaches the age of four. Quality experiences are important from birth. Children from poor families start kindergarten already behind because they haven’t had the opportunities that children from affluent families have had. Programs like NC Pre-K and Head Start help close the gap, and according to a 2010 study conducted by Frank Porter Graham/UNC-CH, the effect is still seen by the time these children have reached third grade. So as a professional in the field of early childhood, I am glad that a state judge saw fit to keep NC Pre-K alive. I give Bev some credit for reallocating these funds for more slots, but the real thanks goes to that state judge.

2015 years 9 months ago

Pre-K education in the state has been a complex bureaucratic system (picture a spider web not vertical org structure). Those at the top both in Raliegh and offices from around the state are impediments to reforms, overpaid, lazy and self-centered public garbage and if it takes Republican control to fix the problem, vote Republican.

Throwing money at the system is no solution, just politics of an outgoing administration angling (buying) their future career opportunities. How much of your $$$ being spent on Perdue’s latest Pre-K vision will help kids? Right here, right now, look no further than the absolute disgrace, waste, fraud, disturbing personnel matters (possibly involving children?) and theft by higher-ups. Who was supposed to be providing oversight to prevent waste and fraud looting what Gov. Perdue says isn’t enough $$$. There’s plenty of money and taxpayer support, the administration top-heavy, no concern from local leaders (well, Burger has been out there trying at least while dodging incoming fire from Head Start heads who freakishly arrested the one local leader who cared over thanksgiving. If they put half the time into teaching children they put in that appalling abuse of the “justice system” to discredit burger, perhaps because all signs continue to point to his being right about the organization and its leader, those around her, the $$$ has always been there…it just gets looted by the cinthiya browns and cohorts before it reaches the “poor disadvantaged children” we hear of from the same free-spending, liberals who hire the browns of the world to constantly ask for more money and new programs. McCrory in 2012!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

…did we decide that the principal role of government was trying to level the playing field and shield the poor from the reality of their poverty?

The world needs ditch diggers, too. If the poor little tykes come from homes where daddy is in prison and mom turns tricks to support her crack habit, that is unfortunately their destiny in life. If they are going to overcome that impediment, they should do it on their own and not expect the taxpayers to fund some sociological experiment of kissing hiney on the poor.

The engineers that put men on the moon and the doctors that perfected coronary bypasses all started out in Kindergarten. They didn’t need “More at Four,” “Head Start,” or whatever you want to call this inner-city employment program.

Mike T
2015 years 9 months ago

Man I have read some crazy posts from you. But this one takes the cake.
What communist block country did you emigrate from? The answer to your first statement is not a matter of when, it’s simply YES. NC requires free public education. When children can begin their formal education on as level a playing field as possible, all children regardless of background benefit. As usual your approach is black/white, salt/pepper,or oil and water. What answer do you have for the middle income or wealthy parent that has a child with a mild learning disability, get over there in the ditch digging line?

2015 years 9 months ago

1. what program did she pillage to come up with the $9 million?

2. Why not redirect the $9 million to the Revenue Department so they can issue some tax refunds to hard working taxpayers?

And Walter Dalton thinks mimmicking her will result in his election?

2015 years 9 months ago

Your child’s “mild learning disability” is YOUR issue to deal with, not society’s. Don’t try to stick the tab to the taxpayers.

“Free public education” never included this glorified babysitting until this left-wing whacko judge dreamed it up. What’s next – free public education includes college, too?

And you wonder why this country is broke? It’s because of people like you (far more likely to have emigrated from a Communist country) that expect everything free from the governmnet.

The government was never designed to be mommy or Santa Claus.


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