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In May, Carolina Public Press published a Special Report about Children in Western North Carolina that includes stories about how proposed budget cuts to the Smart Start and More and Four could affect thousands of WNC children and how parents are already challenged navigating the state subsidized childcare system.
The Special Report also features a Photo Essay of children in a Smart Start-supported Henderson County childcare center and educational, health and welfare, and child and family advocacy resources for Western North Carolina children.
State budgets proposed by both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate include cutting funds to Smart Start and More at Four, the state’s early childhood education and child care programs.
What do you think? Do you support cutting funding to these programs? Why or why not? We want to hear your opinion and hope you’ll share your thoughts by commenting on this post.
And if you want to share your thoughts with your state legislators, you’ll find Western North Carolina legislator contact information here.