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More At Four Program Designed To Give Kids A Jumpstart On Life

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. — More North Carolina children will get "More at Four."

More at Four is a new program, created by Gov. Mike Easley, to help children in poverty prepare for kindergarten. The pre-school program at the Wonder Years Child Care Center in Cumberland County is similar to ones that will be developed with state grants.

"Children from poverty whose parents don't have an education, often times their language development is lower, [along with] their ability to socialize with others, listen and follow instructions," said Eva Hansen of Partnership for Children. "Those are the things children get into trouble with as they enter school, so in order to be successful, they need to have that booster shot early on."

More at Four programs will be developed in 12 counties beginning in January.

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