San Francisco Touts Gains From Pre-K Program
Gains in social skills, academics reported
Nine years after it began, one of the nation's oldest city-run preschool programs—San Francisco's Preschool for All —has significantly boosted minority enrollment in early-childhood education and made a marked difference in all participants' numeracy, literacy and social skills, its administrators report.
An assessment of participants found that Latino and African-American enrollment in public prekindergarten jumped from 54 percent and 68 percent, respectively, in the 2007-08 school year to 80 percent for both in the 2009-10 school year, said Executive Director Laurel Kloomok, in an email interview. Pre-K enrollment for all racial and ethnic groups during those years went from 72 percent to 83 percent during that same time period, she added.
In addition, Preschool for All students tested three to four months ahead of peers in mathematics and three months beyond them in letter-word recognition in the 2012-13 school year, according to the report from Applied Survey Research, an independent firm, which was released in...
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