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Feb 6, 2013 6:09 PM by Eric Ross

New NC child development director opposes pre-K

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The woman appointed to lead child development and early education in North Carolina once led an organization opposed to preschool programs.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports Dianna Lightfoot was recently president of the National Physicians Center for Family Resources, an agency that advocates against "institutional" preschool programs. An open letter on its website says there's research to suggest early childhood education programs may be inferior to early learning opportunities at home.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos announced Lightfoot's appointment Tuesday.

Republican legislators fought with then-Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue over spending for the state's pre-kindergarten program. GOP lawmakers scaled back state funding.

An HHS spokeswoman told WRAL-TV Lightfoot resigned from the group and will be working for Wos and ultimately Gov. Pat McCrory.

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