ERIC Number: ED498879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 45
Ready to Start: Ensuring High-Quality Prekindergarten in SREB States. Challenge to Lead Series
Thomas, Marilyn G.; Lord, Joan M.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are trailblazers in providing access to high-quality, state-funded pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds: last year, the majority of all 4-year-olds attending pre-kindergarten in the nation were enrolled in SREB states. The SREB region also leads the nation in setting high standards of quality for pre-kindergarten programs and spending rates per child in the SREB median states exceed the national rate. However, nearly all SREB states have growing percentages of children from low-income or English-as-a-second-language families who need early care and educational services to be ready for school. Few SREB states provide sufficient pre-kindergarten access and services for all children from these families. Research shows that high-quality pre-kindergarten makes a difference and further work to ensure program quality is important. SREB states and the entire nation face the challenge of assessing program quality and effectiveness. Funding, too, remains a challenge. This report challenges SREB states to adjust their priorities so they can be sure that all children are ready for school. Those who are not ready are the ones most likely to drop out of school, find themselves in low-paying jobs or unemployed, and face a lifetime of problems that reduce their own quality of life and weaken their communities. SREB states cannot afford for children to falter, particularly in their critical first transition to school. The report concludes with a summary of SREB "Challenge to Lead" goals for education, with pertinent reports for each target. (Contains 3 figures, 3 tables, and 3 boxes.)
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Kindergarten, School Readiness, Educational Quality, Quality Control, Academic Standards, Program Effectiveness, State Standards, Access to Education, High Risk Students, Eligibility, Poverty, Early Intervention, Teacher Qualifications, Educational Finance
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.