Deb Tibbetts and Rebecca Snurr 

Early Education Often Has Greatest Impact


Last updated 5/7/2019 at 10:10am

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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