A good step on Pre-K
The Guv expands Pre-K. This is from the good folks at the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children:
Perdue expands NC Pre-K to 6,300 additional children
Decision is first step to comply with court mandate
RALEIGH – This morning, Governor Perdue announced that she will make NC Pre-K available to an additional 6,300 children. This move marks the state’s first attempt to comply with the recent Court of Appeals ruling that no at-risk child shall be denied access to NC Pre-K. Currently, there is a waitlist of 11,678 children for the program.
“Governor Perdue’s decision means that over 6,000 more children will enter Kindergarten better prepared to succeed in school and in life,” stated Rob Thompson, Executive Director of the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children. “We hope that the legislature will extend funding for these slots when it reconvenes in January.”
Under Perdue’s directive, the state will enroll 6,000 new children in NC Pre-K over the final months of 2012. NC Pre-K program administrators will place many children as possible in existing classrooms, while others will wait for new classrooms to be created. The deadline for enrollment is January 1, 2013.
“While we applaud Governor Perdue and believe that this was the right decision for her to make, allocating non-recurring funds during the middle of the school year is not the most effective way to expand the program,” continued Thompson. “That’s why it’s critical that legislators include these additional slots in next year’s state budget so that parents, child care providers and state agencies can plan and prepare appropriately.”
During the 2011-12 school year, NC Pre-K served just over 26,000 children. Another 40,000 children were eligible for the program, but not enrolled due to a lack of funding.