Rethinking Pre-K: 5 Way to Fix Preschool

In her article, Kayla Webley offers readers a startling reality check: "Take two kids, one from a low-income family, the other middle class. Let them run around and do little-kid things in their respective homes and then, at age 5, enroll them in kindergarten. Research shows that when the first day of school rolls around, the child from the low-income household will be as many as 1.5 years behind grade level in terms of language and prereading and premath skills. The middle-class kid will be as many as 1.5 years ahead. This means that, by the time these two 5-year-olds start school, the achievement gap between them is already as great as three years."

After continuing to establish the importance of early-childhood education, Webley highlights five recommendations for Pre-K improvement from Pew Charitable Trust's report, Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future:
1. Stop thinking K to 12, and start thinking pre-K to 12

2. Strategically expand access

3. Bring early-learning initiatives under one roof

4. Assess outcomes

5. Use the federeal government to push pre-K reform


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