Last week the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce sent letters to Rep. Stone and Gov. Bev Perdue asking for continued investments in Smart Start. The letter begins:
“The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce is writing to support North Carolina’s early childhood initiatives and the public-private Partnership concept. As business people, we understand the challenges presented by this year’s state budget. Many of us have had to make difficult decisions; applying stern cost/benefit tests to every aspect of our operations. It is our firm belief that when this measurement is applied to North Carolina’s nationally recognized Smart Start program and other initiatives involving young at-risk children, the state’s investment produces a positive return.
We request that early childhood programs not receive disproportionate cuts which impair their ability to serve these young North Carolinians who represent our future workforce.”
It is still a critical time for early education advocates to reach out to legisaltors. Contact your senators by visiting http://capwiz.com/ncchildren/directory/statedir.tt?state=NC&lvl=state and ask them to maintain funding for Smart Start.