Now is the time to let state policymakers know that they need to Hold the Line 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 on the investments we make now. The message supports what 800 parents, business leaders, elected officials, health care providers, early childhood professionals and others from across the state had to say when they came together this year to speak to the importance of investing in our youngest citizens. All agreed that ensuring access to high quality early childhood care and education programs needed to be a top priority for the state. It is vital during 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 Monday, May 24, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 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. These signs made a huge impact last year–make them visible!
Live Location: McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University
Video Locations: Bladen Community College (Dublin), Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte), and Southwestern Community College (Sylva)
Visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/colleges_map.aspx for contact information and driving directions to each campus.
Guidelines for speakers are available online.
2) Submit written comments.
Email: Town.Hall@ncleg.net (Until midnight, May 25, 2010.)
Mail: House Appropriations Committee, Suite 401, LOB, 300 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 (Postmarked by May 25, 2010)