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Governor Cooper touts NC Pre-K program

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.” 


Alex Granados

Alex Granados was the senior reporter for EducationNC from December 2014-March 2023.