Giving Students an Early Advantage

By Susan Black

Does your district offer high-quality prekindergarten and full-day kindergarten programs? If so, your youngest students are off to a good start.

Research confirms that children in good prekindergartens are eager and successful learners in kindergarten. And children who attend good full-day kindergartens stand a better chance of succeeding in first grade. That’s the encouraging news.

But there’s a worrisome downside. Prekindergarten children’s gains in language, literacy, and math often fade out by the end of first grade. The gains children make in kindergarten, whether they attend half-day or full-day, often fade out by third grade.

Don’t give up hope. There are steps you can take to ensure that prekindergarten and kindergarten pay off in the long run.

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