6:15 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Bilingual Children Make Critical Gains In Early Education Programs

Researchers find that bilingual children under the age of five make significant gains in language skills while enrolled in early education programs.
Credit Nazareth College via Flickr

A review by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers confirms that children who speak two languages make greater gains in early education programs than their peers who speak only English.

Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute reviewed 25 studies and found that children with low English-language abilities greatly benefit from early childhood programs like Head Start and state-funded Pre-K.

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5:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Supreme Court To Decide Pre-K Funding

Credit Dave DeWitt

Justices in the State Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday about how many children should have access to public pre-kindergarten education. The program NC Pre-K exists in all 100 counties and serves more than 27-thousand children – the majority of whom are at-risk of falling behind in school.  Funding for the program has been cut by the general assembly. A Superior Court ruled the state cannot impose barriers on children eligible for the program. The state appealed and now the issue heads for the Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Pre-K Hangs In Balance As Budget Negotiations Start

State Lawmakers are considering cuts to the state's Pre-K programs.
Credit Wake Smart Start

Republican leaders in the legislature are getting ready to hash out their own versions of the state budget. And the House, Senate and Governor’s version are quite different when it comes to pre-K.

North Carolina has long been praised for its commitment to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. But all three of the current budgets make cuts to those programs, to varying degrees.

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9:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Governor Perdue Increases Funding for Pre-K

Governor Bev Perdue plans to shift 20 million dollars into funding for the state's pre-kindergarten academic enrichment program.

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3:47 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Lawmakers Change Course On Pre-K

The State Legislature has reversed course on how many low-income four-year olds are eligible for pre-kindergarten programs.

Dave DeWitt: As part of its effort to cut costs and streamline pre-k programs in the state, the Legislature last year appeared to cap the number of low-income kids at 20 percent. Proponents of Pre-K programs brought the case before Judge Howard Manning, who ruled that the law was unconstitutional. He ordered the state to admit all eligible at-risk four-year olds.

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3:10 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Perdue Boosts Pre-K

Governor Bev Perdue
NC Governor's Office

Two thousand more at-risk kids will be able to attend pre-kindergarten classes, starting in March. Governor Bev Perdue made the announcement today at a pre-school in Raleigh. Dave DeWitt reports.

Dave DeWitt: The state funds about one-third of the at-risk kids who qualify for pre-kindergarten. Last year, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning said that was illegal, and directed the legislature to fund all eligible children.

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5:15 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Perdue Pushes Pre-K

The state legislature may be out of session until September, but that hasn’t stopped Governor Bev Perdue from firing the latest shot in the fight over pre-k programs.

On Wednesday, Perdue issued an executive order that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to offer pre-K education to all eligible 4-year olds in the state.

She says that will put North Carolina in compliance with a ruling last month by superior court judge Howard Manning. Last year, about 32,000 4-year olds were enrolled in More At Four. About double that many qualified.

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State of Things
12:09 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Pre-K Funding Flap

Yesterday Superior Court Judge Howard Manning declared portions of the state budget that deal with preschool education unconstitutional. Manning says the Republican-authored budget provisions limit eligible at-risk children from enrolling in a state funded prekindergarten program. 

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