Falling Behind in NC

Falling Behind in North Carolina: Child Development

Sources: N.C. State Demographer, July of each year; NC OSBM Post-Legislative Summary Reports; NC House Budget Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services, FY2011-13 Budget Recommendations

During the Great Recession, the number of North Carolina children under the age of five increased by more than 40,000, but state spending on child development programs and services via the NC Department of Health and Human services would contract dramatically under the House’s FY11-13 budget proposal.

The House proposal would cut $72.5 million in absolute dollars (not adjusted for inflation) from FY08 levels.

NOTE: This chart reflects State expenditures on Smart Start, but does not include spending on the More at Four program, which has historically been housed within the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Both More at Four and Smart Start are targets of deep budget cuts under the House proposal, which recommends cutting funding for More at Four by $32 million and transferring the program to DHHS.  Smart Start would sustain a recurring fund reduction of $37.6 million, more than four times greater than the amount proposed by the Governor’s budget.

 

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