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High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.

This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in North Carolina, which serve more than 300,000 children and families.

“I’m so proud of my bipartisan work to strengthen early learning and child care, and I will continue working to protect North Carolina’s working families in the United States Senate.” – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

“We know that a foundation for future learning, health and well-being is built during early childhood… I want all North Carolina children to get off to a strong start in safe and nurturing families and communities, with access to high-quality opportunities to learn.” – Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC)

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