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NC wins federal Early Childhood grant; NCPK funding shortfall remains

Today the U.S. Department of Education announced that North Carolina is among 9 states that won competitive Early Childhood Learning grants through the Race to the Top initiative.  North Carolina will receive between $50-$70 million dollars for early childhood programming over the next four years.  Because the grant is spread over a 4 year period, the maximum annual amount North Carolina can receive is between $16 and $18 million.  This amount of funding is insufficient to meet the $30 million mark identified by Governor Perdue as needed to replace the over 6,000 North Carolina Prekindergarten (NCPK) slots that were lost for the rest of this year as a result of the General Assembly’s budget.  Governor Perdue has correctly stated that the legislature still must allocate funds in order to comply with Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning’s recent ruling mandating increased access to NCPK for at risk four year olds.  Regardless, the federal funds will provide some welcome respite for an NCPK program that has been working diligently to deal with a disproportionately large 20% loss of funding for FY 2011-12.

2 Comments


  1. Andrew

    December 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    We always say this like we’ve won the lottery or something. We’re either taking this money from some other state , or we are simply borrowing money we don’t have. What would happen if the Chinese suddenly stopped buying our paper- a very sobering thought indeed.

  2. david esmay

    December 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    @ Andrew, Huh? This is a grant, not a loan. I’m curious as to why Berger and Tillis haven’t been charged with contempt, they obviously have contempt for judge Manning’s ruling.

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