New Study Shows Pre-K Pays Off

Just how important might quality Pre-K be for your child’s future?

Some new research suggests it just might be crucial.

“Children who went to high-quality Pre-K–followed by high-quality K-3–scored at surprisingly high numbers on the Third Grade (STAAR) reading test. It was eighty points higher” Children at Risk’s Dr. Bob Sanborn told KTSA News in describing the findings of the study, which focused on low-income students.

Sanborn described “high-quality” Pre-K as a full-day program–with a student to teacher ratio of 11 to 1 or 22 to 2.

“If we want to maximize our taxpayer buck in the State of Texas, we need to do a better job of making sure we have high-quality Pre-K’s around the State” Sanborn said.

Sanborn is convinced the findings speak for themselves–and he’s hoping the Legislature will get the message during the next Session.

“But, our State Legislature still only funds Pre-K at half a day. If we really want a workforce for the future, we’re talking full-day, high-quality Pre-K” Sanbornn said.

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