ICYMI: NC Pre-K Expansion, NC FAST Pilot Launches and More

Governor Roy Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen visits Excel Christian Academy

Governor Roy Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen visited Excel Christian Academy in Burlington this week.

Aug. 30, 2017 — Governor Roy Cooper and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, on Tuesday visited an NC Pre-K classroom at Excel Christian Academy in Burlington.

The state's pre-kindergarten program, which is administered by DHHS, will expand by 1,800 additional 4-year-olds this year, bringing the total number of children enrolled in NC Pre-K to more than 28,000. NC Pre-K serves eligible four-year-old children, primarily those whose family income does not exceed 75 percent of the state’s median income of $60,074.

Other Department happenings you may have missed:

  • Child welfare service offices in five North Carolina counties started using new technology this week in a pilot project that will contribute to improving the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families. Part of NC FAST (North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology), the pilot standardizes data collection and reporting of child welfare services and outcomes.
  • DHHS observed National Health Center Week earlier this month. Community health centers serve North Carolina’s vulnerable populations and address many factors that cause sickness, such as a lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. In recognition, Secretary Cohen visited the Advance Community Health Center in Raleigh and Gov. Cooper signed a proclamation designating the third week of August as National Health Center Week in North Carolina. 

DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen visits with health care providers at Advance Community Health Center

 

 

 

 

 

DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen visited with health care providers at Advance Community Health Center in Raleigh during National Health Center Week.

Author: 
Amy Dominello Braun