A Solution to School Readiness. Early Childhood Education. Robert Jaklich Victoria Independent School District Superintendent of Schools. “School is a building that has four walls – with tomorrow inside .” - Lon Watters.
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“School is a building that has four walls – with tomorrow inside.” - Lon Watters
2002 National Review Council
attend state funded prekindergarten
In Texas, 46% of four year olds are enrolled in state funded prekindergarten programs.
(College Board, 2012)
“Children are our most valuable resource.”
- Herbert Hoover
“The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
(IDEA P.I. 105-17 Stat 40, 1997)
Data obtained from U.S. Census Bureau
Data from 2012 Texas AEIS Report
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
-John F. Kennedy
“Access to early childhood programs for all children, especially those from lower income and ethnic minority groups helps level the playing field.” (Takanishi, 2004)
Research findings prove the advantages of a pre-school education reach far beyond the individual child.
ALL of society benefits when children reach kindergarten “School Ready.”
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
- Chinese Proverb
Prekindergarten programs result in huge returns on investment. In fact, long-term returns are three – seventeen dollars for every dollar invested.
(National Institute for Early Education Research, July 2010)
Studies show that students who participate in strong early education programs are more likely to graduate in four years and take more advanced and higher level courses than students who did not attend an early education program.
Quality prekindergarten programs result in students who are LESS likely to drop out of school!
“The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.”
-Margaret Wright Edelman