Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton is speaking out in support of Smart Start and is touring local child care programs in Greensboro and Durham this week. Today he met with local parents, child care providers, and business leaders to hear how Smart Start is positively impacting Guilford County. He toured Child Care Network 162 in Greensboro.
Last week the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee released a proposed budget that would cut Smart Start funding by 20 percent and included provisions that would dismantle North Carolina’s early childhood system.
“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.”