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More at Four Children in Limbo

By Catherine M. Welch & Michael Tomsic

Wilmington, NC – About 1,000 children across North Carolina may lose their enrollment in North Carolina's More at Four pre-kindergarten program. The More at Four program prepares at-risk children for success in the classroom.

Last year, there was funding to enroll 31,000 children. But this year, its budget has been cut by $5 million. John Pruette is Executive Director of Early Learning at the Department of Public Instruction. He says the cuts have put the enrollment of some 1,000 kids across the state in limbo.

"One of the things we're looking at is strengthening the fidelity of the program while we manage this reduction. We're really looking at targeting some of the classrooms that have not yet met More at Four standards."

Pruette says school districts should be getting notices about the status of their More at Four programs this week. Then schools will notify parents around the first of August.

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