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In Chapter 5 of EdNC’s book, Katie Dukes write about the role of public schools in early childhood education. “In North Carolina,” she writes, “public schools provide essential services to children and families well before they enter a kindergarten classroom.”

Did you know…

  • At least 622 public schools are home to at least 1,102 NC Pre-K classrooms.
  • Approximately 2,032 preschool classrooms are operated by public schools, regardless of funding source.
  • Approximately 73 of 115 school districts offer services for children under age 5, independent of NC Pre-K.
  • School districts provide itinerant exceptional children services to over 5,400 preschool children statewide.

To learn more about the role of public schools in educating our state’s youngest learners, EdNC reached out to every NC Pre-K contractor, interviewing more than half of them during the summer of 2023 by phone or email. Read our book to learn more about what we found.

These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, The 74, Education Week, The NC Tribune, The Insider, The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, WUNC, WFAE, Brookings, Education Commission of the States, and DPI’s News. A cross section of diverse sources are checked weekly and monthly. If you have an article you think needs to be included, email [email protected].

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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