Research consistently shows that a quality pre-k program has a positive effect on a child’s ongoing educational trajectory, as well as on the rest of their lives (National Institute for Early Education Research, 2016). Experts at NIEER have found that pre-kindergarten programs have a significant impact on children’s long-term success. The research showed that children who attended high quality pre-kindergarten programs entered kindergarten with better vocabularies, as well as more advanced literacy and math skills than children who didn't attend pre-k programs.

Private pre-kindergarten programs have the capacity to offer many benefits that lead to increased quality. These benefits include, but are not limited to, smaller lass sizes, high adult-to-child ratios, and strong focus on the individualized strengths of the child.  Additionally, in a private school pre-k parents can continue their direct communication with staff and directors and can ensure that their 'voice' is heard. The time and space are available to ensure that the curriculum is tailored to each individual child and prepares them with the ability to engage in critical thinking, practice meaningful social skills, and develop moral and ethical values – all while learning advanced academic skills.  

A private school pre-k program also offers the families detailed support in the Ongoing School process should the family choose to continue to in a private setting.

Preschool Of The Arts offers pre-k programs in a number of our locations. Contact us to learn more about how your child will benefit from a child-centered, advanced pre-k program. 


CONSIDERING CUT OFF DATES

In his book, Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell seeks to understand what makes "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. In his best selling book, (Little Brown and Company, 2008) he seeks to find out what makes high-achievers different. He writes:

"Parents with a child born at the end of the calendar year often think about holding their child back before the start of Kindergarten; it's hard for a five year old to keep up with a child born many month's earlier. But most parents, one suspects, think that whatever disadvantage a younger child faces in kindergarten eventually goes away. But it doesn't. It's just like hockey. The small initial advantage that the child born in the early part of the year has over the child born at the end of the year persists. It locks children into patterns of achievement and underachievement, encouragement and discouragement, that stretch on and on for years." 

(Outliers: The Story Of Success, Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown and Company, 2008, p28)

He cites a study by Kelly Bedard and Elizabeth Dhuey, two economists who looked at the relationship between maths and science scores, and month of birth. 

"They found that among fourth graders, the oldest children scored somewhere between four and twelve percentile points better than the youngest children. That, as Dhuey explains, is a 'huge effect.' It means that if you take two intellectually equivalent fourth graders with birthdays at opposite ends of the cutoff date, the older student could score in the sixty-eighth  percentile. That's the difference between qualifying for a gifted program and not."

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"So, early on, if we look at young kids, in kindergarten and first grade, the teachers are confusing maturity with ability. And they put the older kids in the advanced stream, where they learn better skills and the next year, because they are in the higher groups, they do even better; and the next year, the same thing happens, and they do even better again."

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"Dhueu and Bedard subsequently did the same analysis, only this time looking at college. What did they find? At four-year colleges in the U.S.—the highest stream of postsecondary education—students belonging to the relatively youngest group in their class are underrepresented by about 11.6 percent. That initial difference in maturity doesn't go away with time. It persists. And for thousands of students, that initial disadvantage is the difference between going to college—and having a real shot at the middle class—and not." 

(Outliers: The Story Of Success, Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown and Company, 2008, p29)

 

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