WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Studies show 50 percent of a child’s ability to learn is developed by the age of five.
Right now in North Carolina, families making under $25,500 a year can apply to enroll their children in a state-run program that helps pay for Pre-K. The Megan Cajigas Education Foundation is a nonprofit that raises money for families who don’t meet that requirement, but still can’t afford Pre-K. The group hosted a cook off Saturday to raise money for scholarships for those families.
“So many families are trying to figure out how to make it all work and they’re trying to get their kids the best education and trying to provide the best early education for them. But, they just can’t seem to figure out how to make the dollars meet the system," program director Lacy Ford said.“We’re trying to help with community donations to make the dollars meet the system. We’re trying to close the gap that the government is not providing statewide.”
The program has been up and running for more than three years. It gives scholarships to eight to 15 families per year.