The Center for Public Education’s new report looks at the effect of various combinations of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten on third grade reading skills -- a key predictor of future academic success.
Key findings include:
Research has consistently shown that quality pre-kindergarten programs benefit not only individual students, but school districts and communities.
The benefits of full-day kindergarten are clear. Research consistently shows that students who attend full-day kindergarten make greater academic gains and are less likely to be retained in the early grades than students who attend half-day kindergarten.
Pre-k and full-day kindergarten presents the best combination.
Pre-k and half-day kindergarten students whose mothers had only a high school diploma had 3rd grade reading skills that were slightly or no higher than their peers who attended full-day kindergarten alone.
It’s reasonable to infer that the impact of high-quality pre-k would be even greater.
between providers, schools, school boards, and the community.
Hull, J. (2012). Starting out right. Educational Leadership, 69(5), 6-9. http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/research/starting-out-right-pre-k-and-kindergarten