High‐quality pre‐K programs can help close the achievement gap.
The education gap between low-income and middle-income children starts to happen before a child even sets foot in a Kindergarten classroom. High‐quality pre‐K programs can help close these gaps.
The problem is many low‐income children who would benefit most from pre‐K learning often lack access to quality pre-K providers.
It’s about quality and access to pre-K programs, therefore we recommend:
- All public schools, charter schools, and community‐based childcare facilities that provide pre-K learning programs be held to the same high-quality standards.
- All programs need to receive adequate public funding to meet those standards.
- Measurements are in place in place that ensure quality, such as class sizes and teacher qualifications, as well as appropriate indicators of effective instructional practices.
- A community should have a common definition for what proper kindergarten readiness looks like, and pre-K schools should work to ensure children are being taught accordingly.
Additionally, school districts should have strong pre-K to 3rd grade plans that make pre‐K the starting point for placing children on track to succeed by the 3rd grade.