A lot of four-year-olds are taking advantage of their city’s pre-k programs to get ready for kindergarten. But do you know any children younger than 4 who are participating in a targeted pre-k?
Evidence suggests that there are long term benefits of early childhood education for children. Yet, few three-year-olds attend those programs. The benefits of early childhood education are clear. Children that have two years of pre-k are better equipped to succeed once entering school.
Preschool vs. No Preschool Statistics
Learning Gains in Math and Language
Children who attend pre-k programs show much larger gains in the areas of math and language. Children who get two years of pre-k show more confidence in their early math and language skills. They also show significant development in language and literacy.
Some children are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Studies show early childhood education is important because children need to close learning gaps. Preschool achievement gaps follow a student from grade to grade. Math and reading abilities at the beginning of kindergarten are powerful predictors of a child’s future academic success.
The availability of pre-k is one of the strongest predictors of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores for a country. Countries that score in the top ranks have universal access to pre-k from early ages.
The USA scores somewhere in the middle, but China and Finland rank near the top. Both countries have strong early childhood education programs.