Pre K Education Rules!
Universal pre-kindergarten will have a profound impact on our students, improving achievement and lowering the drop-out rate, especially among the most disadvantaged. Headstart was right all along! There is now proof that early educationis the number one defense against drop out rates.
But pre k eduction is not just needed for the poor, middle and higher income families benefit too. According to a 1998-1999 early childhood longitudinal study, 49 percent of children who do not know the alphabet as they enter kindergarten are from middle or higher income families. Additionally, the most rigorous study of pre-k programs found that all children benefit regardless of family income bracket.
And a 2002 report from the Economic Policy Institute revels that the gap in reading skills between middle-income children and their more affluent peers is greater than the gap between middle-class and low-income children.
Very few states even require kindergarten attendance. Pre-k participation is already nearly universal for children of well-educated parents with high incomes. many parents want to send their children to good pre-k programs; the problem is that so few can afford good programs without help.
It is time for public education to begin to provide Pre K education. Some states are beginning to respond to this need. such as New Yokr, Pennsylvainia and Massachuttes.
Providing a child with early learning opportunities lays the foundation for a better life and greater opportunities, said Governor Spitzer. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Access to health care and education are critically important components of early childhood development and we are making great strides on both of these fronts. Universal pre-kindergarten will have a profound impact on our students, improving achievement and lowering the drop-out rate, especially among the most disadvantaged.
Get involved let you school board know, now is the time for universal Pre-k education for children and grandchildren, it is the best way to help them compete in a global economy.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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