Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Play

The latest on the PRO Act, which could bring major changes to labor law, especially in "right-to-work" states; and COVID spikes result in new mandates.

Play

Travel restrictions are extended as Delta variant surges; some public-sector employers will mandate vaccines; President Biden says long-haul COVID could be considered a disability; and western wildfires rage.

For Lasting Effects of Pre-K, Quality Counts

Play

Monday, October 19, 2015   

NEW YORK – It's quality that counts – that's what education advocates are saying about a recent study that found some children who attend Pre-K do worse by third grade.

The study from Vanderbilt University found that children in Tennessee who went to Pre-K scored lower in second grade than a control group that did not.

Those results have stirred debate on the value of funding Pre-K programs. But Dana Friedman, president of The Early Years Institute, says it's important to look at all the studies.

"Most of the research indicates that high quality Pre-K will help children get ready for kindergarten, and will help them be reading and doing well in math by third and fourth grade," she states.

Friedman points out that the Vanderbilt study itself states that the quality of the Pre-K programs in Tennessee varied widely.

One important indicator of quality, she says, is how much the state invests in Pre-K, and in Tennessee that's $3,000 a year per child for full day Pre-K.

"Advocates and other states – New Jersey and even New York – no less than $10,000 per child is what should be spent and in fact, New Jersey is up to $14,000," she says.

Significantly, the Vanderbilt study also found that those who attended Pre-K were more prepared for kindergarten than those who did not.

The emphasis on Pre-K is relatively new and the curriculum often focuses on academic skills. But according to Friedman, Pre-K is fundamentally different from kindergarten and first grade.

"Most of Pre-K in this country is not focusing on developmentally appropriate practice or the social/emotional skill building that really helps children succeed in life," she maintains.

Friedman says good teacher training and adequate teacher compensation are among the most important factors for getting the best educational outcome.



get more stories like this via email

Smoke from the Bootleg fire in southern Oregon is blowing across Idaho and as far east as New York. (National Interagency Fire Center/Flickr)

Environment

BOISE, Idaho -- Wildfires are affecting air quality across the West, bringing hidden dangers in smoke that can harm people's health. The Boise-based …


Social Issues

DENVER -- The days of exponentially high increases in health-insurance costs may finally be in the rearview mirror. The Colorado Division of …

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Cultural institutions in the U.S. are facing scrutiny to be more accessible and inclusive. The organization in charge of Iowa's …


Electrifying heat pumps are key to lowering the carbon cost of buildings. (SkyLine/Adobe Stock)

Environment

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Last month's deadly heat wave in the Northwest underscored the need to reduce carbon emissions, but advocates want to ensure low-…

Social Issues

MINOT, N.D. -- Many arguments are being floated about legislation before Congress that would bring big changes to U.S. labor laws. The bill has its …

Studies show Medicaid expansion could reduce costs for Missouri's health-care system as a whole, by getting more patients preventive care, which is less expensive than emergency care. (torwaiphoto/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Health-care advocates called on Missouri lawmakers to allocate funds for Medicaid expansion right away, after the state …

Social Issues

AUGUSTA, Maine -- School meals in Maine will be free for all students again this year and into the future, but parents are being urged to fill out …

Environment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A report outlines how federal efforts to bring solar energy to one in four American households could bring clean energy to …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021