The Benefits of High Quality Pre-Kindergarten Programs
THE BENEFITS OF HIGH QUALITY PRE-K 2
The Benefits of High Quality Pre-K Programs
Universal pre-kindergarten is the idea that all children, largely four-year-olds, should have access to a preschool program (Peters). States are calling for more than just an average day care center; they are promoting ‘high quality’ pre-kindergarten programs. According to ((NIEER), 2005), high quality pre-kindergarten programs are one in which you immediately see learning occurring. Children are engaged in small groups reading books, building interesting structures with blocks, and determining what sinks and what floats at the water table. Research shows that children who attend high quality pre-kindergarten programs are less likely to be held back a grade, less likely to need special education and more likely to graduate from high school (as cited in Peters). The article claims that high quality pre-kindergarten programs help children develop emotionally and socially, as well as help them to develop the skills that they need to learn how to read, calculate math, and to progress in science.
School districts have realized that most children, especially those from low socio-economic backgrounds and minorities, arrive to kindergarten and early elementary schools far behind their peers. Therefore, they are seeking to improve student achievement by implementing high quality pre-kindergarten programs. An article by Sara Mead elaborates on how research shows that high quality pre-kindergarten programs can narrow the achievement gaps and build a foundation of success in early elementary schools (Mead, 2008). In her article, Sara discusses how local school board members and superintendants need to realize how the...