Charlotte beats most cities on this first step toward educational equity, experts say

By Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer

If high-quality public prekindergarten is truly the best investment to prepare all children for academic success, Charlotte is positioning itself well, according to a new national study of pre-K in America’s 40 largest cities.

Charlotte was one of five awarded gold-medal status by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education’s National Institute for Early Educational Research and CityHealth, an organization that provides research-based policy ratings on a range of urban issues.

Charlotte’s civic and business leaders have identified early childhood education as a key to opening paths out of poverty. “A child’s earliest years have a profound and lasting impact on their school success, their career success, and their lives,” says a report from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force.

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