Dear Governor Purdue-
It was with great dismay that I recently learned that Smart Start was not included in programs exempt from the additional 5% cut in funding you are planning for state programs this year. As I understand it this would result in an additional $10 million dollars in funding cuts for this program. I worked with Sue Smith, Stephanie Fanjul, and Governor Hunt in the early nineties to help make Smart Start a reality, and I have seen first hand the positive impact that this program has had on young children and their families all over the state. I could bore you with a string of facts and numbers about Smart Start’s impact of health, development, and school performance, but let’s just say of all the programs I have been associated with in over 40 years of work in education this is one of the few that deserves to be continued with strong support. Please consider exempting Smart Start from this additional reduction. The children of North Carolina are counting on you.