BTC BRIEF: Privatizing Pre-K - A move the would disproportionately impact rural, high-poverty counties
By Louisa Warren
Policy Advocate, NC Budget & Tax Center
- Public schools play a major role in North Carolina’s Pre‐K program. In 17 counties, 100 percent of the Pre‐K slots are in public schools.
- All 17 of these counties are rural, and a majority of them are high‐poverty.
- More than half (58) of the state’s counties rely on public schools to host and manage more than half of their Pre‐K slots. Only 6 out of these 58 counties are not rural.
- Rural, high‐poverty counties do not have robust networks of private child‐care centers, and therefore privatizing Pre‐K would limit access to the program in these areas.