The Denver Preschool Program released an upbeat report asserting that its students made significant progress during their preschool year, above and beyond what would be expected based on normal development.
“These students improve during their preschool year, preparing them to be academically and emotionally ready for kindergarten. Research shows that kids who are better prepared for kindergarten are more likely to be successful in school and later in life,” said a news release released by the program.
According to program data, 78 percent of students are ready for kindergarten based on literacy assessments, 73 percent are ready based on math assessments and 90 percent are ready based on social and emotional measurements.
The Denver Preschool Program is the result of a successful 2006 ballot initiative to support quality early childhood education in Denver. The program is funded through a sales tax of one-twelfth of one percent.
This money goes toward tuition credits for families to use at any Denver preschool they choose. The typical family receives between $254-$283 per month to help pay for the cost of a preschool.
The Denver Preschool Program offers tuition credits to nearly 6,000 students each year.
The Clayton Early Learning Institute and Augenblick, Palaich and Associates conducted the 2011 evaluation. Read the news release and find links to the full report here.
What’s on tap:
The Colorado Springs School District 11 holds a special meeting at 4 p.m. and a work session at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings are held at 1115 N. El Paso St. Most of the 4 p.m. agenda appears as if it will be taken up by an executive session. The 6:30 p.m. agenda includes discussion of the Star Academy Charter School contract renewal.
Good reads from elsewhere:
Three urban school districts in New Jersey may now partner with one or more nonprofit organizations to construct as many as four “renaissance schools” in each district under legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie to address chronic underperformance, according to Newsroom New Jersey.
A legislative task force in Illinois, created to address community concerns over Chicago’s efforts to shut down or overhaul under-performing schools, is calling for a moratorium on school closings and other turnaround measures, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Steamboat Springs School District’s food and nutrition office should focus on the district’s needs and not sign a contract to compete with private enterprise for work being bid by Colorado Mountain College, says an editorial in the Steamboat Pilot.
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