The Benefits of Universal Pre-K – 3 & 4 Year Old Programs in “The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools”

Click on Image to read the article "The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools" in the New York Times.

Click on Image to read the article “The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools” in the New York Times.

 

Interesting piece in the New York Times.

For those who might think that a Universal Pre-K program is just a babysitting service, here’s food for thought:

 

“Union City makes an unlikely poster child for education reform. It’s a poor community with an unemployment rate 60 percent higher than the national average. Three-quarters of the students live in homes where only Spanish is spoken. A quarter are thought to be undocumented, living in fear of deportation.”

Public schools in such communities have often operated as factories for failure. This used to be true in Union City, where the schools were once so wretched that state officials almost seized control of them. How things have changed. From third grade through high school, students’ achievement scores now approximate the statewide average. What’s more, in 2011, Union City boasted a high school graduation rate of 89.5 percent — roughly 10 percentage points higher than the national average. Last year, 75 percent of Union City graduates enrolled in college, with top students winning scholarships to the Ivies.

Ask school officials to explain Union City’s success and they start with prekindergarten, which enrolls almost every 3- and 4-year-old. There’s abundant research showing the lifetime benefits of early education. Here, seeing is believing.”

 

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