Dalton Touts Smart Start Success


Drawing a comparison to an Olympic ski jumper with the misfortune of taking off from slushy snow, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton on Wednesday stressed the importance of early childhood education programs such as Smart Start in giving young North Carolinians a fair shot.

With majority House Republicans proposing a 20 percent cut to Smart Start’s $188 million in state funding, Dalton spoke out in support of such programs at a roundtable with community leaders and parents at White Rock Baptist Child Development Center.

He said there’s a clear link between early childhood education and North Carolina’s economic future.

“That’s what Smart Start is about — building stronger families ultimately leads to building stronger communities, ultimately building a stronger economy,” he said.

Read more: The Herald-Sun – Dalton touts Smart Start funding


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