Early education focus of Greenville ‘State of the Young Child Br - WNCT

Early education focus of Greenville ‘State of the Young Child Breakfast’

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Pitt county education and business leaders met Friday morning at the Greenville Hilton to discuss the impact of education on young children. The event primarily focused on the first 2,000 days of a child's life. During that time from birth to kindergarten cognition levels are the highest in children.

After a keynote presentation from Dr. Tom Irons on brain development in the early years, the event hosted a panel with Dr. Beverly Emory, Pitt County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Abigail Jewkes, Professor of Child Development and Family Relations at ECU and Brian Brown, owner of Rep Express and NC State House representative.

After the forum Brown told 9 On Your Side that he believes pre-kindergarten education is the most important aspect of our education system. However, there is probably not going to be additional funding for pre-k programs like smart start without raising taxes that brown says "nobody wants and that the economy can't bear."

He wants to give local counties more flexibility in how they use the funds given to them for pre-kindergarten education.

"Pitt is very different then wake, very different then Mecklenburg, very different then Transylvania, all across this state the counties are very different and funding needs are different and truly the communities are different. Who needs the support, who needs the resources are different. It's going to be something that we are really going to have to struggle with and make tough decisions on to make sure we do the right things for each individual county and for the state as a whole."

Today's forum was hosted by the Martin/Pitt Partnership for Children.

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