As of 2010, More at Four would cease to exist. Instead, the Senate would create a new program called Subsidy Plus. More at Four was created to serve children who are at risk and prepare them for success in school. Many of these children have had no previous early childhood education experiences outside of the home and likely would not attend a prekindergarten program without More at Four. Because it is child driven, there are no parent fees or work requirements.
More at Four is recognized as one of the two best prekindergarten programs in the nation. And research shows it works. More at Four continues to successfully prepare at-risk, 4-year-olds to enter school by helping them improve language and literacy, math, general knowledge and social skills, according to the 2009 evaluation by the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina.
The child care subsidy program was designed to serve a very different purpose. It is intended to help low-income families pay for early childhood care while parents are at work. Most children who currently participate in More at Four would likely fall through the cracks in a subsidy-driven program. This is because 70% or more of the children entering the program each year were not in another program when they applied for More at Four.