Emerado Public School sees an estimated 60% of students enrolled in kindergarten who come ill prepared to begin their education. They are unfamiliar with the alphabet and counting, often unable to recognize letters or numbers. They are unaware of social and behavioral norms. These at-risk students are entering school already behind their peers before they even get to the starting line.
According to research from the National Bureau for Economic Research every $1 invested in high-quality early learning programs for young children results in $7 in savings due to reduced costs associated with remedial education, less crime and higher labor productivity. Also, children who attend early learning programs are more likely to graduate from high school and college, get better jobs and pay more in taxes, and are less likely to misuse alcohol or drugs, become incarcerated, be unemployed or receive special education services.
We know that our preschool program will significantly improve kindergarten readiness for many at-risk students increasing their odds of success in school and in life many times over.