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.
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