Monthly Archives: April 2009

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign . . .

Say Yes to Early Childhood signs were everywhere last night. And speaker after speaker spoke to the importance of investing in early childhood education. Every time video from a community college was shown in Raleigh, signs were there on the screen. And outside the hearing room in Raleigh there were early childhood supporters with signs talking to anyone who would listen about the importance of this issue.

The speech by Hon. Philip E. Bazemore (NCPC Board Member) brought people to tears and inspired much applause.

We will be posting more video later in the day.

While we wish that the battle was over, you know all too well, it’s just the beginning. We have to keep early childhood issues front and center with our state leaders. If you haven’t already done so, you may submit testimony for last night’s hearing through today by as follows:

EMAIL: Town.Hall@NCLEG.NET (Until midnight, 4/29/2009.)
ONLINE: http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/PublicHearingComments/ (Until midnight, 4/29/2009.)
FAX: 919-754-3328 (Until midnight, 4/29/2009.)
MAIL: House Appropriations Committee, Suite 401, LOB, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 (If postmarked by 4/29/2009.)

Thank you for speaking on behalf of the young children in North Carolina.

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Public Hearing: Time to Show North Carolinians Support Our Nationally Recognized Early Childhood Programs

The latest information on tomorrow’s public hearing on the budget follows. There are several ways to participate. It is vital that during such a public debate, that you stand up and speak on the need to preserve North Carolina’s early childhood system and future prosperity. There are two actions that you need to take.

1) Attend either the event in Raleigh or one of the video sites.
Both the live and video events will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Make sure that you have found at least one person to speak on early childhood issues at each location. Don’t forget to wear your Smart Start t-shirts and download a sign to bring. This is our chance to demonstrate that North Carolinians support our nationally recognized early childhood programs.

Live Location
Museum of History Auditorium, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Video Sites:
Johnston Community College (Tart 154), Smithfield, NC
Bladen Community College (Teaching Auditorium), Dublin, NC
Central Piedmont Community College (Central Campus), Charlotte, NC
Fayetteville Technical Community College (Room #2), Fayetteville, NC
Forsyth Technical Community College (Hauser 158), Winston-Salem, NC
Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, NC
Southwestern Community College (Balsam Center, 3rd Floor), Sylva, NC
Surry Community College (Room E110), Dobson, NC
Vance-Granville Community College, Henderson, NC
Martin Community College, Williamston, NC

2) Submit written comments.
Email:  Town.Hall@NCLEG.NET (Until midnight, 4/28/2009.)
Online:  http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/PublicHearingComments/ (Until midnight, 4/28/2009.)
Fax: 919-754-3328 (Until midnight, 4/28/2009.)
Mail:  House Appropriations Committee, Suite 401, LOB, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 (If postmarked by 4/29/2009

Stay up to date by subscribing to the NC Children website. Go the right column and select subcribe

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NC House Seeking E-Mail Comments on Budget

According to Under the Dome, the House will accept e-mailed comments through midnight Tuesday at town.hall@ncleg.net as part of their public hearing on the budget.

The Dome reports:

It’s a rare chance for regular people from across the state to whine, vent, or compliment the state’s spending. Members of the public are invited to participate in the Tuesday night event, either in person, or through video hookups across the state.

House budget writers are expected the inevitable flood of interest groups and lobbyists. But they’d really rather hear from regular folks.

“They’re hoping to hear as much as they can from real people who are not always engaged in this process,” said Bill Holmes a spokesman for House Speaker Joe Hackney.

Now is the time to let policymakers that North Carolinians are committed to preserving our early childhood system. They need to hear from parents, business folks, teachers, and citizens from across the state.

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Update on NC Public Hearings on Budget

More details are coming out on the hearings. Please plan to attend. To help show your support for NC’s early childhood system, download a flyer, adhere it to cardboard, and bring your sign to the hearings.

Below is the text from the press release put out from the House Appropriations Committee.

The hearing will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the auditorium of the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh on Fayetteville Street. Ten community colleges across the state will host interactive broadcasts of the hearing and it will also be streamed live on the Internet.

Committee members would like to invite members of the public to offer suggestions and comments about the budget. Each speaker will have three minutes to share information. Other rules may also be established and will be available online at http://www.ncleg.net closer to the date of the hearing. Information about how to submit written comments and how to access the online broadcast will also be available at the site.

Visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/colleges_map.aspx for contact information and driving directions to each campus.

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House to Hold Public Hearing on State Budget

 

House to Hold Public Hearing on State Budget—April 28 at 6 PM

Now is the time to let state policymakers know that they need to say yes to early childhood and protect and preserve North Carolina’s nationally recognized early childhood education system.

We need a strong showing of support. Hard economic times make it even more essential to invest in young children. Today’s children are our future leaders, parents and workers. Our state’s prosperity depends on their healthy development and growth. The key to ensuring that healthy development and growth is early childhood experiences.

What: The House Committee on Appropriations holds a public hearing on the state budget
When: 6 p.m.
Where: N. C. History Museum Auditorium, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh (click for map)

UPDATE: If you can’t make it to Raleigh, there will be several video sites. These include:

Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC

Bladen Community College, Dublin, NC

Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC

Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC

Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, NC

Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC

Surry Community College, Dobson, NC

Vance-Granville Community College, Henderson, NC

Martin Community College, Williamston, NC

Additional information will be available at <www.ncleg.net on Thursday, April 23, 2009.

 

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Say Yes to Early Childhood

 

Children Take Brunt of State Cuts under NC Senate Budget Plan

Early childhood education programs are cut by 25 percent in the budget passed by the North Carolina Senate. This may get us to a balanced budget now, but at what cost? For children, and our state’s future prosperity, it may be immeasurable.

What does this mean for North Carolina?

Today’s children are our future leaders, parents and workers. Our state’s prosperity depends on their healthy development and growth. Yet, these cuts will do anything but.

What can you do?

Your elected officials work for you. Make sure they know that you want them to support funding for early childhood.

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Children Take Brunt of State Cuts under NC Senate Budget Plan

The combined cut percentage to young children ages birth through five exceeds those borne by both the K-12 and higher education systems. The Senate budget does the following:

  • More at Four—the state’s preschool program for at-risk children, recognized as the best in the nation—eliminated.
    1. What does this change mean?
  • Significant cuts to Smart Start funding for ensuring child care programs are of high quality, for helping young children be prepared for school, for improving child health, and for providing family support.
    1. What is Smart Start?

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