you're reading...

Pre-k strategy to reduce achievement Gap

North Carolina’s state-funded pre-K program for 4-year-olds has produced better-than-expected positive outcomes for participants, new research says.

Significant gains were seen across all areas of learning including language and literacy skills, math skills, general knowledge, and social skills, states the report entitled “2012-2013 Children’s Outcomes and Program Quality in the North Carolina Pre-K Program,” released earlier this month.

“Children are progressing at an even greater rate during their participation in NC Pre-K than expected for normal developmental growth,” said Senior Scientist Ellen Peisner-Feinberg, who leads the research team at the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute that evaluated the program.

In addition, preschoolers with lower levels of English proficiency made greater gains on standardized tests than their peers for some skills, suggesting that the program is especially beneficial for such children, the report states.

Moreover, the study says that there has been a steady improvement in preschool teachers’ education and credentials over the past decade or so, with a higher proportion of teachers now holding bachelor’s degrees and the appropriate licenses.

Last year, some 32,000 low-income children were served in 2,150 classrooms located in more than 1,200 sites, the report states.

Since the program’s inception as “More at Four” in 2001, it has served more than 255,000 4-year-olds.



No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 3,440 hits
RTB Sports

"Sports Is Our Passion Here"

Sophia Associates: Women's Leadership, Executive Coaching, Cohort Learning, Training

Leadership Development, Team Development, Personal Development, Executive Coaching

Zite's blog

Just another WordPress.com site

WINNING IDEAS - Tien Wong's Blog

On Leadership and Hypergrowth in the Entrepreneurial Economy

%d bloggers like this: