“The General Assembly finds, upon consultation with the Governor, that every child can benefit from, and should have access to, highquality early childhood education and development services. The economic future and well-being of the State depend upon it.”

These are the first two sentences of Smart Start’s authorizing legislation written and passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1993. Lawmakers created Smart Start as an innovative solution to address the problem of young children entering school unprepared. In so doing, they changed the trajectory of generations of children to come and inspired states across the country to follow their lead.

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