NC School District Considers 3-Year Old Students

A leading child development group is pushing Chapel Hill-Carrboro school leaders to develop an elementary school where students would start at age Three.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute say that early education is crucial for children. The FirstSchool program would carry students from age Three through fifth grade.

School systems in Miami, Chicago and as close as Hillsborough have also shown interest. FirstSchool planners hope that politicians and school leaders will take interest nationwide.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro school leaders will consider the proposal this week. Staffing and money also remains a problem. FirstSchool planners have no money to build, staff or train teachers for the program.