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Early Childhood Education

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Explaining Early-childhood Education in House & Senate Budgets

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In the third part of our side-by-side comparisons of the House and Senate budgets, NC Health News breaks down both chambers’ plans for early-childhood education.

By Rose Hoban

Next to Medicaid, one of the most complicated parts of the Health and Human Services budget is the section that deals with early-childhood education. The Senate and House take quite different approaches to the area, with adjustments to different parts that, on the surface, don’t look that different. However, they are quite disparate.

According to Michele Rivest, head of the North Carolina Child Care Coalition, there are three different parts of the budget to pay attention to.

NC Pre-K, which was known as More at Four until mid-2011, is an early-childhood education program aimed at 4-year-olds. Rivest said the program is mostly aimed at economically and developmentally disadvantaged kids.

Rivest said kids attend the program for only part of the day and it’s “very prescribed” in terms of standards and licensure. The programs can be housed at a variety of locations including public schools that have extra rooms, free-standing centers or churches, but no religious instruction is permitted during the day.


The Results Are In

October 24th, 2011


On September 30th under sunny skies and with much generosity the 4th Annual MCE Foundation Golf Tournament began with a 1pm Shot Gun start at Masonboro Country Club in Wilmington NC.  Sixteen teams participated and many sponsors and donators helped us raise Dollars 4 Small Scholars. 

The winning prize results and the list of our many supporters are on the 2011 Golf page.   Visit it again soon to see pictures of the day’s fun courtesy of Dana Jackson Photography.


Grant copy and other for the Board

October 16th, 2011


The October board meeting is this Thursday the 20th at 6:30pm at the office of AOS Research in the Cotton Exchange same as last meeting.  Jennifer Baca has previously sent the agenda and attachments for discussion.

We submitted the Eshelman Foundation grant requesting $60,000 for an Educational Coordinator and Outreach Program for 2012.  I’ve attached a copy of the grant only and position budget in this post.  A full copy of what was submitted with supportive letters will be given to you at the meeting.  When you open the pdf document the first page will appear blank, scroll down.  This is their application and all of the Bold titles are their questions we needed to answer for the program we are proposing and they also gave instructions to how many pages each section could be.

MCEF attended two community shows this past weekend.  PPD’s annual Vendor and Non-Profit fair and the 1st annual CFaeyc Fair.  The latter is the regional chapter of the national Assoc. of Early Education for Young Children.  Each show produced leads for volunteers and some business and pre-school networking contacts and my report is attached below.

See you Thursday.

Joan Loch



Joan’s report:

September 13th, 2011

Dear Board,

Susan Donner, Secretary has submitted the minutes for the August board meeting.  This link will take you to the PDF file.

Please email Susan Donner with any corrections or changes you may have prior to the next meeting.

Please note the next board meeting will be October 20th 6:30pm at the AOS conference room.


Joan Loch

Follow Up from the Board Meeting

August 20th, 2011

A few housekeeping items staff related to discussions at the meeting…


1.  The golf volunteer meeting will be held Tuesday the 23rd 6pm at 4310 Tillson Rd. Wilmington, NC 28412 in the Ashley Park neighborhood off of St. Andrews Drive which is off of 17th Street.  Your help in our efforts to secure Tee/Green sponsors and raffle prizes will greatly improve our overall success.

2.  Remember Golf Participants are needed.  Our website now has a page for the tournament where the registration form is able to be downloaded.  Payment is easy through Paypal by selecting the Donate Now button.

3.  I created a compilation of articles that have recently appeared in several NC papers regarding a recent decision by Judge Manning to require all at-risk children pre-school enrollment regardless of the GOP budget cuts.  Politically it was orchestrated by Gov. Perdue’s office, based on a 90’s legal action.  The GOP Senate is fighting it.  Ironically it has added a new set of costs with the creation of a new division to manage the mandate and application process.  Where will it all lead?  Not sure, but NC is being monitored at the national level at PRE-K Now and Early Education Watch.   Judge Manning’s Mandate Articles  It does confirm our mission in the community can fill some of the gap that will likely be the fallout from this all.  Raising the dollars to do it is the task.

4.  Of all the articles I have been reading, the one by James Heckman included in this compilation of articles really resonates with me on the intangible long-term benefit of investing in our children in pre-school.  Like most of us who had stay at home moms, no 150 channels of TV, no Wii or Xbox, smaller classrooms in Kindergarten and a focus on teaching quality as we grew up as baby boomers, Pre-School wasn’t even around.  Heck, for me Kindergarten wasn’t even mandatory.  But times are different, the lives of young families is different.  James’s “soft skills” analysis is very interesting related to future job training.

Enjoy the weekend…Joan


August 1st, 2011


A PDF copy of the Articles of Incorporation are posted here for review prior to the next board meeting on August 18th.

Joan Loch