Be a Voice for Your Child
Did you know...preschool can boost a child's success in school?
- Children who spend more months in preschool do better on achievement tests in the second grade, have fewer behavior problems in third grade, and are less likely to have to repeat a grade.
- Children in low-income families who attend preschool do better academically and socially when they get to school and are less likely to repeat a grade or to need special education.
Quality DOES makes a difference
- Children from low-income families who had attended quality educational child care programs from birth to age five scored better on reading tests when they got to elementary and middle school. At age 21, they scored higher on IQ, reading, and math tests. They were also more likely to be enrolled in or to have graduated from a four-year college, to be working, and to have delayed parenthood.
- Children who attended higher-quality centers scored better on tests of learning and social skills from kindergarten through second grade. The quality of the preschool experience made more of a difference for children whose mothers had less education.
- When child care providers were given access to books and training on using books to boost learning, children in their care scored higher on a range of reading-readiness skills in kindergarten.
- The Head Start programs that had the biggest positive effects on children's learning were the ones who had the highest-quality educational program and paid the most attention to involving parents. For more information go to 4children.org.
Child care is critical to millions of families in America. Child care allows them to go to work each day. Quality child care affords parents not only the opportunity to work outside the home but to feel confident their children are learning and preparing for K-12 years.
According to statistics, over 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care arrangement every week while their parents work. On average, children of working mothers spend 36 hours every week in child care. Too often, child care is hard to find, difficult to afford, and of questionable quality (information provided by NACCRRA, the National Association of Child care Resource and Referral Agencies).
Parents are the experts and best advocates for their children. You can take steps to raise the bar on quality child care in your neighborhood and throughout the United States. Quality child care can play a major role in ensuring that all children start school ready and eager to learn.
Go to http://capwiz.com/naccrra/home and check out NACCRRA's key legislation and background issues for information about child care and related legislation before Congress.
For more information call the Partnership at 910-938-0336.