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National Report Lauds North Carolina’s Endangered Early Childhood System

Posted By Matt Ellinwood On April 28, 2011 @ 12:10 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The accolades for North Carolina’s early childhood programming continue to pile up.  A new report by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) [1] on the state of preschool in the United States ranks North Carolina as one of just five states with preschool programs that meet all ten of NIEER’s quality benchmarks regarding teacher credentials, class sizes, and other factors believed to influence the classroom experience.  When viewed alongside other independent studies [2] that detail the economic [3] and educational benefits [4] of our early childhood education system, it is truly baffling that the House leadership would propose such devastating cuts to one of North Carolina’s best investments.

 


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[1] A new report by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER): http://nieer.org/yearbook/

[2] other independent studies: http://www.ncprek.nc.gov/MoreFour/correspondence/pdf/10YrSummaryofMAFPre-KEvaluation.pdf

[3] economic: http://investinginkids.net/2011/03/18/new-evidence-for-large-state-and-local-returns-from-investments-in-preschool-and-child-care-duke-university-study-of-north-carolina%E2%80%99s-programs/

[4] educational benefits: http://www.harnettsmartstart.org/Portals/0/News%20Articles/NewStudyRelease(Duke).2011.pdf

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