Quality pre-K helps diverse learners succeedThe CFT believes that every student has the right to a high-quality education starting with universal preschool. Educating our next generation is the key to creating an engaged citizenry and the skilled workforce we need to be competitive in today’s global economy. Ensuring that sufficient resources are dedicated to education — beginning with preschool — will yield huge payoffs in academic success and better position California to face its many challenges.
Effective preschool is key to closing the achievement gapHigh-quality preschool is a powerful force in building language, cognitive and intellectual skills. Research shows that children who attend quality pre-K score higher on school readiness measures at kindergarten entry, and effective early literacy experiences have been recognized as a first step in closing the achievement gap for students.
Research informs us that children who know the alphabet when they enter kindergarten are 20 times as likely to be able to read simple words aloud at the end of kindergarten. These same children are three times as likely to be able to read and understand words in simple sentences by the end of first grade.
Making the investments now to build quality preschool programs; deploying early literacy tools; and then progressively expanding access to those programs is critical to narrowing the achievement gap for all students. Today, funding for early childhood education is grossly underfunded. If we are going to turn things around, an aggressive break from present policies is needed.
Early childhood unpreparedness is preventable. That’s why the CFT supports effective pre-K grounded in early literacy skills and strategies that promote success among diverse learners.
Download pamphlets and fact sheets in English and SpanishExpanding Access to Quality Preschool: Investing in Our Children’s Success. Drawing on data from the RAND Corporation’s 2007-08 California Preschool Study, this 12-page booklet provides an overview of the many challenges faced by California’s center-based child development system.
Effective Preschool & Early Literacy Strategies Are Key to Closing the Achievement Gap: This single-page fact sheet provides a quick overview of pre-K education in California.
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AFT Center for the Child Care Workforce Promotes policy, research and organizing to ensure early educators have a voice at work.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children A leading voice for high-quality early care and sponsor of annual conference.
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