Raleigh, NC – Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton today spoke out on the House of Representatives’ Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee’s proposed 20% cut to Smart Start. Dalton, the statewide spokesperson for Smart Start, will conduct roundtables next week in Durham and Greensboro with parents, child care providers, and business leaders to hear how Smart Start is positively impacting these communities.
“Severely cutting our state’s high-quality, award-winning childcare program jeopardizes North Carolina’s continued success in economic development and job recruitment and hurts our children’s future. If Smart Start is cut, teachers and small businesses would be hurt—the early learning industry, comprised mostly of small businesses, sustains tens of thousands of jobs,” said Lt. Governor Dalton. “It would be very short-sighted for North Carolina to threaten our future economic success and each child’s personal success by inordinate cuts to such a successful and productive program. I encourage each member of the General Assembly to protect Smart Start from these massive cuts.”
Lt. Governor Dalton will hold roundtables at Child Care Network 162 in Greensboro on Tuesday, April 19th, and White Rock Baptist Child Development Center in Durham on Wednesday, April 20th.