Smart Start Program In Jeopardy?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

State Lawmakers were back at work today trying to come up with a final plan to balance the budget.

Several state funded programs could face cuts including Smart Start which provides funding for childcare facilities across the state and here in the east.

Officials with Onslow County Partnership for Children say their funding could be cut by more than 20 million dollars.

The group provides funding for childcare facilities in Onslow County. Officials at the Childcare Network in Jacksonville say they receive funding for everything from supplies to training for teachers.

The House may vote on a temporary spending plan as the new fiscal year begins Wednesday.

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  • by me Location: greenville on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM
    I totally agree with Dwayne. We (American citizens) pay taxes out of our behinds, but this people come from some other country comes over here and basically lives off of us. The sad thing is that our government lets this happen. I just had a baby a few months ago, I went to te WIC office to apply for formula for my child. While I was there I saw many mexicans and only a few black and white people. All of them were pregnant and had quite a few children with them. I was even denied for insurance assistance, I was told that I made too much. Its crazy how they can come over here, keep poping out kids, don't to pay taxes, and get help with everything while we bust our ***!
  • by WhereforCare Location: US on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:23 PM
    This is not good news- in the current climate, any funding reductions in childcare will not be helpful. is the childcare ratings and reviews website where those who have experience of various childcare facilties such as parents and visiting professionals can help to inform others who are looking for childcare on how to make the best choice. If you can write a review of a childcare facility tp help others choose the right care, please feel free to do so!
  • by elvisknows waste on Jun 30, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    Anyone who thinks that More@Four creates any lasting contributions to upward mobility needs their head examined. Many studies have concurred that by the fourth grade children who had not participated in More At Four had caught up with or surpassed participants in this entitlement program. The real way to create education is a stable home with loving and committed parents, not a nanny state education tyranny. Thank me very much!!!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 30, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    When we start "tax payer programs" they often turn into "entitlement programs". Suppose we cut more from DOT (no road construction/repair), cut the state police, and other service programs, to keep More@4 and Smart Start. Then you will complain about bad roads with pot holes and long response from police.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    Everything is in jeopardy. We have an inumerable amount of illegal aliens attending our public schools and getting free breakfast/lunch meals. I am a single father of three children and was instructed that I make too much money for assistance. I pay taxes and pay the full monty on everything to do with school. I didn't vote for Obama and cannot wait until his first and final term is complete. Send the illegals home and it will greatly decrease the financial burden on our education system. Grant amnesty as Obama plans to and our education system will fall completely apart financially. Obama is an attorney. He knows this. Then, why is he making choices that appear intended to destroy our children and nation? MMMMM?
  • by Tasha Location: Kinston on Jun 30, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    Well for all of you who think its a waste and sapping off the state you are just idiots. My child has benefited from the More@4 program significantly and I work and pay taxes. Im a very decent parent! I guarantee my More@4 educated child has got more out of the program than those overly priced preschools that you dont even get a whole day or week from. My child's teacher was excellent and very educated and it shows through in my child day to day. Oh yeah I paid out of pocket expenses with the programs. some of you are just bitter and I understand. There are programs out there that I dont qualify for and it understandably upsetting but you deal with it in a classy way and not put others down.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 30, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    Kimo, it is obvious that you have not done any research. M@4 has shown life long improvements along with quality child care. Get your facts before you start trashing.
  • by educator Location: New Bern on Jun 30, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    As an educator, I have to say that we need More at Four and Smart Start to help level the educational playing field for those students who need it. It is based on screenings and income and helps students become more prepared for kindergarten. When many of us went to school it wasn't as a big of a deal because you learned your alphabet and such in kinder, now students are expected to be able to read when they leave kindergarten.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 30, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    And what about "More at four"?? No one has been able to show that either of these give-aways provides any lasting good. So why waste the money??
  • by Kelly Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    just a question, and I am probably wrong, but isn't that part of what the education lottery was created for?
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