What’s in Senate and House Budget Proposals for Young Children?

Both bodies of the North Carolina General Assembly have passed budget proposals. The bills will now head to a Conference Committee. Although details and amounts of funding may differ, areas of general agreement on select birth-through-eight provisions include:

  • Expanded funding for NC Pre-K,
  • Expanded funding for Smart Start for early literacy programs,
  • Subsidy child care market rate increase,
  • Development of a case management system for child welfare,
  • Funding to implement the child welfare program improvement plan,
  • Funding to support aligning state blood lead standard with the federal standard,
  • Expanded funding for home visiting,
  • Pay increase for principals and assistant principals,
  • Pay increase for teachers,
  • Pay increase for Local Education Agency employees,
  • Funding to continue teacher bonus programs,
  • Funding to support positions in the State Superintendent’s office,
  • Requirement that the State Board of Education develop, adopt and provide to Local Education Agencies three options of developmentally-appropriate reading assessments for kindergarten, first, second and third grades, and
  • Expanded funding for textbooks and digital resources.

A detailed comparison of the proposals is outlined in the below chart.