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Lack of funding limits North Carolina pre-K initiative’s impact

The recent report reinforces that most states are still a long way from providing universal access to well-designed pre-K programs, even though state lawmakers are likely to hear and consider plenty of early-childhood proposals this legislative season. And most will be faced with decisions over whether to strengthen the quality of existing programs or increase funding to spread successful models to more children. A 2016 Learning Policy report, that focused on four states with high-quality preschool programs — Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina — highlighted that one area in which these states have excelled is connecting their those programs to elementary schools as part of birth-to-3rd grade initiatives program in order to continue building on what children learn in pre-K.

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