Studies show that transitional kindergarten students are better prepared for school than other kids, yet only those born in a specific three-month period get to take advantage of it.
Three of the district’s 12 child development centers, preschools intended for parents who work or attend school, are closing this week. The district is also closing one preschool that’s open to all families who meet strict income requirements. The closures come on the heels of the district’s announcement of a new Preschool for All initiative, which it pitched as a preschool expansion.
After several years of having subsidized preschool slots sit empty, San Diego Unified announced it will open up a certain number of spots to parents who make above the income cap but are willing to pay for a district-run preschool — $530 a month for a half-day program to $1,060 a month for full-day spots.
Every year, across San Diego County, hundreds of subsidized preschool spots go unfilled. And because those seats are intended specifically for qualifying families, schools don’t offer them to interested parents who exceed the income cap. They simply sit empty.
Many parents are surprised to learn their kids are already behind when they enter kindergarten, and new Common Core standards are only adding to the anxiety. But officials say thinking about Common Core simply as a set of expectations helps take the sting away. Here’s how Common Core works for kindergartners, and how parents can help prepare their children to step into the classroom.
As parents, we are often reminded of the importance of getting infants going on their educational track pretty much as soon as they exit the womb. As our Scott Lewis notes in a new essay, for some parents, no matter how well they prepare, kindergarten can be a shock. It’s not just a matter of privilege — […]
Some children are already behind their peers when they set foot in kindergarten, setting them up for an uphill climb that could last years. some of our children are not ready for them. It’s not just a wealthy versus poor gap, either. Even the most resourceful parents confront a bewildering array of options — and lack of options — for early childcare and preschool.
Making the leap from preschool to kindergarten can be jarring — for kids and parents.
You hear it all the time: Children don’t just need education, they need a quality education with excellent teachers. Mario Koran has been thinking a lot about preschool education recently, and wondered what high quality teaching actually means for kids in preschool in this week’s Learning Curve. “This student-teacher interaction, it turns out, is actually […]
While there may be only one other person on earth who cares as much as I do about my child, that doesn’t make me as good of a teacher as someone who’s actually been trained. Student-teacher interaction, it turns out, is actually the core of what we should be looking for in a high-quality preschool.