Initiative to encourage investment in early childhood programs
On Tuesday, June 12, parents, business leaders, faith community leaders and Region A Partnership for Children board members traveled to the North Carolina General Assembly as part of Smart Start’s statewide “Tuesdays for Tots” initiative. The constituents met with the Region A legislative delegation and asked members to restore funding to Smart Start. In 2011, Smart Start funding was reduced by 20 percent ($37.6 million), disproportionately more than any other component of the education system. As a result, thousands of children are no longer benefiting from much-needed early childhood programs, according to Region A Partnership for Children.