5-12-10: Closing the “School Readiness” Gap

May 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Maryland was just ranked among the top ten states for pre-kindergarten education. And Montgomery County just released a study that says children who do a full-day Head Start pre-K program at age four show better reading scores at the end of Kindergarten.

There’s a hope that more public pre-K can help close the “school readiness” divide–a gap in knowledge and skills, especially pronounced by ethnicity and poverty level, among beginning Kindergarteners. Some research ties that gap to school failure long down the road.

We’ll talk about the school readiness gap–and about what Maryland is doing to close it–with Maryland Family Network communications manager Jennifer Williams and Steve Barnett, director of Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research.

Read The State of Preschool 2009 at nieer.org.

Hear Jennifer Williams talk about how much it would cost for Maryland to offer pre-kindergarten to all four-year-olds, and why she thinks it would be worth the expenditure:

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