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Improving Early Childhood Education - The Parents Campaign

Improving Early Childhood Education

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.

What changed?

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

View interview with Dr. Jerry Weast, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools
(7 minutes)

A number of programs focus on ensuring that Mississippi children develop the skills they need for success in school.

Mississippi Programs:

Barksdale Reading Institute

Excel by 5

Mississippi Building Blocks

Mississippi Child Care Quality Step System

Mississippi Child Care Resource & Referral System

Mississippi Child Care Collaborative Grant

SPARK

Federal Programs:

Head Start

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.

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