Sunday, May 12, 2013

NCGA changes the eligibility criteria for free Pre-K

House approved a change to the eligibility criteria for its free Pre-K program on Tuesday, potentially cutting the number of children served in half, reports WRAL:

Under current law, a 4-year-old is considered at-risk and eligible for the program if his or her family makes less than 75 percent of the state’s median wage, or about $39,000 a year for a family of three. Children are also eligible if they have an active-duty military parent, limited English proficiency, developmental problems or chronic illness. […]

The proposal would reduce the family income threshold to the federal poverty level, about $19,500 for a family of three. Children with limited English proficiency or chronic illness also would no longer be automatically eligible.

that means more than 60,000 children are currently eligible under present guidelines, this change would cut that number by 31,000. Why our neighbor SC moves to expand access for their low-income programs for children.


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