Governor Roy Cooper made a visit to Excel Christian Academy in Burlington yesterday to highlight the expansion of the state’s NC Pre-K program.
The General Assembly approved a final budget that increased the number of seats available to North Carolina children for NC Pre-K, though it still fell short of Cooper’s proposed plan.
During the visit to the school, Cooper read to children and made a brief statement to the press.
“The science is pretty clear that early childhood education and pre-kindergarten is essential to a quality education.”
“The General Assembly approved 1,800 more pre-kindergarten slots for this school year. That’s a positive thing. But we have a way to go.”
“We know there are a lot more kids out there who aren’t even waiting in line who need pre-kindergarten, but who know there are not enough slots for them to fill.”