The Transylvania Times -

Deb Tibbetts and Rebecca Snurr 

Early Education Often Has Greatest Impact


May 6, 2019

Smart Start of Transylvania County funds or administers several programs that prepare local children for kindergarten. One of the most impactful is the NC Pre-K Program, a state and federally funded program, free to eligible families, that provides one year of high-quality educational experiences for four-year-olds to boost their ability to succeed upon entering school.

North Carolina’s NC Pre-K program is ranked No. 1 in the country for quality. However, it is ranked 25 for accessibility. In response to this, N.C. legislators significantly increased funding three years ago. Smart St...

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