Preschool for Progress!

Fact Sheet

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.

The Facts

Why Preschool?

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).

Why Special Needs Children?

We want to help special needs children because there is a high amount of them, and there isn't any organizations helping them now. Currently, there are four million children living in the United States with a mental disability. Around 50% of these kids will drop out of high school (Facts on Children’s Mental Health in America). We want to decrease this number of kids dropping out of high school. About 20% of the world's children have a mental disorder, and most of these disorders start by the a of 14 (10 Facts on Metal Health). We are here to meet the need for people to help these children with their education. Mentally disabled students develop their basic skills slower and need more teaching to develop the skills they need (11 facts about Mental Disability). Of the mentally disabled children, 80% of them don't receive proper treatment for their condition (Facts on Children’s Mental Health in America). We also want the children to be more successful in their future. Mentally disabled people are less likely to get jobs with only 55% of them having jobs, and 39% of the people without jobs are due to a lack of education (Learning Disability Fast Facts).