Monday numbers

Monday numbers

education-early-childhood-423—number of years since the Smart Start early childhood program began in North Carolina (“Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Programs and Policies on Educational Outcomes in Elementary School,” Dodge, KA ; Bai, Y ; Ladd, HF ; Muschkin, CG; Child Development, 2016)

18—number of years since Smart Start was expanded to serve children in all 100 counties (Ibid)

15—number of years since More at Four, now called NC PreK, began to serve at-risk four-year-olds in North Carolina (Ibid)

6—number of years since More at Four/NC PreK grew to serve 25 percent of four-year-olds (Ibid)

10—percentage reduction in odds of special education placements in grades three, four and five tied to average Smart Start Funding (Ibid)

29—percentage reduction in special education placements in third grade tied to More at Four/NC PreK funding (Ibid)

43—percentage reduction in special education placements in fourth grade tied to More at Four/NC PreK funding (Ibid)

48—percentage reduction in special education placements in fifth grade tied to more at Four/NC PreK funding (Ibid)

13—percentage decline in a child’s chance of being retained by the fifth grade in counties that received an average Smart Start funding allocation (Ibid)

29—percentage decline in a child’s chance of being retained in elementary school in counties that received average More at Four/NC PreK funding (Ibid)

2,200—amount in dollars of the total average investment per child in Smart Start and More at Four/NC PreK during the 13-year period in the Duke study (Ibid)

6—average months of reading instruction equivalency gained by the end of fifth grade by children living in counties with average levels of Smart Start and More at Four funding (Ibid)

3—average months of math instruction equivalency gained by the end of fifth grade by children living in counties with average levels of Smart Start and More at Four funding (Ibid)

0—decrease or “fadeout” in gains in student achievement from Smart Start and More at Four/NC PreK through the fifth grade (Ibid)

210 million—amount in of dollars of funding for Smart Start in 2008-2009 budget (“Early childhood budget trends in North Carolina,” Progressive Pulse, April 15, 2015)

151 million—amount in dollars of funding for Smart Start in 2014-2015 budget (Ibid)

1.325 million—amount in dollars of the increase in the 2016-2017 budget for NC PreK (“2017 Fiscal Year Budget Falls Short of Being a Visionary Plan for North Carolina’s Economic Future: Lawmakers Double Down on Tax Breaks, Set Limited Aspirations,” N.C. Budget & Tax Center, July 2016)

260—number of additional at-risk children that will have access to NC PreK thanks to additional funding (Ibid)

29,400—total number of children that will be served by the NC PreK in the 2016-2017 budget (Ibid)

34,876—number of children served by NC PreK in 2009 (Ibid)

7,260—number of children on the waiting list for NC PreK last year (Ibid)