Preschool for Progress!
What Are We?
Our non-profit organization, Preschool for Progress!, exists to help today’s special needs children. Right now, there isn’t anything that helps these children retain what they were taught in the previous year. The pre-elementary summer school we created will help the teachers by not having to spend as much class time reviewing last year’s skills.
In 2012, there was a Highscope Preschool Study done that compared kids who did and did not go through preschool. In the Highscope Study, they separated a group of people, one group went through preschool and another not. They tested these people at age 40 and those who had gone through preschool had higher earnings than those who didn’t. The people who went through preschool were also less likely to commit a crime, more likely to hold a job, and more likely to graduate (Barnett). According to Leap Frog, children learn more than ever in their first three years. Ages 3-5 are the most important years for children in acquiring skills for school. If children don’t attend preschool, they are more likely to fall behind (Leap Frog). A study on preschool done in Chicago involved 900 people who went to preschool and 500 people who didn’t go to preschool and tested their future outcomes. The results showed that people who go to preschool are 5% more likely to attend and 4-year college and follow-up with a skilled job. It also said that there is a 6% higher chance of dying at a young age if you don’t attend preschool (Tanner).