by Brian Washington/ Photo courtesy of University of Fraser Valley
Studies show what educators have known all along–the benefits of a high-quality early childhood education program are quite clear. Students who attend a quality preschool do better on cognitive tests in elementary and secondary school and are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, become employed, be in good health, and avoid crime.
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As a former early childhood educator, I can attest to the fact that children who enter kindergarten without a preschool experience are at a distinct disadvantage as compared to their peers who did benefit from a preschool experience. –Karen Zycynski, Michigan
Education Votes needs to hear from you! Tell us your story regarding early childhood education. Here’s what we are looking for:
- Stories from educators participating in state-funded prekindergarten, Head Start, and Early Head Start programs about a child (or an entire class) they taught that benefited from being in a high-quality early learning program.
- Stories from early care providers about the positive impact that high-quality care has on a child’s development.
- Stories from elementary school educators who have seen how high-quality early learning has prepared students for success.
- Stories from parents who have seen their children develop critical skills by being in a high-quality early learning environment.
- Stories from business and community leaders who understand that high-quality early childhood programs yield a positive long term economic impact.
Please tell us your story now. Your story will help convince lawmakers in Washington, D.C. that investing in early education is key to helping prepare children to succeed in school and in life.
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