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ERIC Number: EJ897622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
The Push for Public Preschool
Dessoff, Alan
District Administration, v46 n7 p72-76 Jul-Aug 2010
From selecting appropriate curricula and teachers to providing classrooms with bathrooms easily accessible to 4-year-olds, public preschool programs present challenges to districts that run the programs, which are designed to prepare children to get off to a good start when they enter kindergarten. While a wide range of private preschool programs exist, public programs usually are free for parents who enroll their children in them, and the growing number of public programs reflects recognition by educators and parents that they improve the readiness of the children for kindergarten and the grades that follow. "The school readiness component is one of the most important aspects of preK programs," says Davida McDonald, director of state policy at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). More districts are seeing the advantages of school readiness and preparing youngsters for their K12 careers. Administrators say children who participated in public preschool programs seem uniformly to surpass children who don't participate in basic learning programs before they enter kindergarten.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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