Quality Early Learning Yields Impressive Results
Broad Acres Elementary School (Montgomery County Schools, Maryland) faced the threat of state takeover in 2000. That year, only 11.8% of its third graders scored proficient on state reading tests and only 5.3% achieved proficiency in math.
In 2009, more than 60% of Broad Acres’ third graders were proficient in reading and math.
The school adopted a new approach that focuses on early learning, including pre-kindergarten, and promotes strong alignment between pre-kindergarten and each of the primary grades.
Source: New America Foundation
A number of programs focus on ensuring that Mississippi children develop the skills they need for success in school.
Mississippi Building Blocks
Mississippi Child Care Quality Step System
Mississippi Child Care Resource & Referral System
Pre-k in Public Schools:
A number of Mississippi’s public school districts offer pre-kindergarten classes for 4-year-old children. These are funded primarily with federal Title I dollars, though legislation passed in the 2009 Legislative Session allows districts to use any available funds for these voluntary programs.