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Editor’s note: The North Carolina House and Senate are considering cutting funds and making major changes to the state’s Smart Start and More at Four early education programs, which could impact thousands of children in Western North Carolina. As part of a Special Report, this Photo Essay with photographs by contributor Mike Belleme shows children benefiting from Smart Start early education efforts at one Western North Carolina child care center.

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Mike Belleme

Mike Belleme is a contributing photographer for Carolina Public Press. Contact him at mike@mikebelleme.com.

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