Just over half of Mecklenburg County's 4-year-olds are now enrolled in free public prekindergarten, according to a report presented Wednesday at a joint meeting of the county commissioners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board.
The county has three such programs: Bright Beginnings, NC Pre-K and Meck Pre-K. Their combined enrollment is 5,960, not quite 51% of the county's 11,742 kindergarten students. That's what staff used as an estimate of the total number of 4-year-olds.
The goal is to hit 80% by 2024.
"People marvel at what we are embarking to do, which is to make sure every single 4-year-old has the opportunity in Mecklenburg County to have a quality early childhood education," said Commissioner Trevor Fuller, who led the push to pay for pre-K. "That is a huge thing, and I want to acknowledge that for our community." ...
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