Pennsylvania and New Jersey are among the six states that do not have a law requiring school districts to provide kindergarten for young students.
Researchers suspect that the stability of five years of pre-K may have shielded the children against stress and health risks of growing up poor.
Federal education secretary Arne Duncan is trying to convince governors to help fund his early-childhood plan, “Preschool for All.” It’s a hard sell.
Within the last two years Pennsylvania’s budget cuts resulted in the loss of 10% of pre-k capacity at the School District of Philadelphia. Kids will pay now. Our society will pay later.
President Obama, in his State of the Union address, listed as one of his priorities — high quality preschool education for every child in the nation. The latest national data available show only 28 percent of 4-year-olds attending preschool.
Quality preschool for lower-income children hangs in the balance as the Pennsylvania budget is debated, and an advocate for it makes the case that this program benefits all of us.
In light of escalating violence and drug-abuse among the nation’s youth, it’s critical that we teach children skills that help them think about what they do so they won’t hurt themselves or others. One program is working.
The PreK-3 movement is ambitious, with connecting objectives — universal access to free public preschool, mandatory full day kindergarten and a seamless curriculum from PreK through third grade with increased parental involvement.
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