Early Education and Care
Despite expected budget shortfalls, North Carolina lawmakers should avoid cuts to early education when they convene this summer to craft next year's state budget. Dollars spent to give more children access to the state's trailblazing early childhood system are among the most cost-effective investments we can make. These key investments in our youngest children set them up for long-term life success, creating the well-educated, innovative workforce that will ensure North Carolina's economy remains competitive in the long-term.
While children of immigrant families make up 15 percent of children in North Carolina, and 84 percent of them are U.S. citizens, many of them are "blocked out of the health-care system, pushed out of school, and relegated to the economic margins," a new report says.
Barb Bradley on immigrant children in NC families
Monday, March 15th, 2010
By Chris Fitzsimon
RALEIGH, N.C. -- New report finds children in immigrant families in N.C. face obstacles: Though most are U.S. citizens, barriers exist to positive education and health outcomes
Although children in immigrant families make up 15 percent of the child population of the state, and the vast majority of them are U.S. citizens, many of them are blocked out of the health care system, pushed out of school, and relegated to the economic margins.