Why is early childhood education important in North Carolina? Smart Start posed this question and North Carolinians answered. Below are just a few responses that were hand-written on postcards that are being delivered to Senators this week.
“Without strong early education, children in schools won’t meet standards in school, fail to graduate and continue higher education, the pool of qualified persons applying for jobs reduces, and workplaces aren’t as efficient and productive. Without early childhood education, our country is facing the ‘trickle-up deterioration of society.'”
– Adrienne R., Burlington, NC
“No one who enters a race that forces them to start behind the start line can effectively compete and win. Our economic and social futurend depends on how ready our youngest citizens are to begin the race at the start line because isn’t a single perosn race–it’s a relay in which we all must participate as a team.”
-Andrea T., Wilmington, NC
“Children who attend quality early childhood programs are more successful in public school. They are ready to learn and need less remediation to proceed. Reduction of funding to Smart Start and More At Four would put thousands of young children at risk of failure in future educational areas. Parents in low income areas will have fewer options for care to be able to work. For the state ecomony to grow, citizens must work!”
-Cheryl S., Canton, NC