Pa.’s Pre-K education programs can make a big impact on children from low-income families

Written by on December 28, 2020

Pa.’s Pre-K education programs can make a big impact on children from low-income families

By Chloe Nouvelle

December 28, 2020

A program designed to provide quality preschool to low-income Pennsylvanians is helping children in key subjects. That’s according to a recent study from the University of North Carolina.

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The study finds that Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts preschool program has, quote, “consistent positive effects” on children’s math and language skills. 

Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers educates nearly 500 Pre-K Counts students in Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon counties at no cost to families. 

Colleen Hoffman is a teacher at the center. 

“It’s just really giving them those experiences that are going to ultimately set them up for success”

The study highlighted that math and language skills are important for academic achievement later in life. But it also found that Pre-K Counts students showed no differences in other skill areas, such as literacy and executive function. 

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