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Pre-K Pays Off, Study Says
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

March 11--  A study commissioned by the Georgia General Assembly on the impact of Pre-Kindergarten on four and five year olds reinforces what teachers already know.  It works.

The University of North Carolina study says average scores for kids who took part in Georgia's Pre-K are above the national norm for language and math skills.

Frannie Brantly, a Pre-K teacher at J.D. Dickerson Primary school in Vidalia, knows her youngsters are getting a good foundation.

"We're really focusing on socialization skills, but through observing and playing they get the foundation of their math skills and their reading skills.

"We have math manipulatives that they play with.  They learn patterns and shapes and their numbers and counting by playing with those math manipulatives," she said.

When the kids get to kindergarten, teacher Sonya Allmond believes Pre-K has them prepared to enjoy learning.

"A lot of the Pre-K kids come to us now and they know their sounds and their letters and numbers.  It's a real plus because they are really well prepared," she says.

J.D. Dickerson Primary has six classes with 22 Pre-K children in each class.  Allmond wishes they could afford more.

"You can definitely tell those kids who have been in Pre-K.  They get skilled quicker because they are further along and we just have to take time to help those kids who have not been in publlic Pre-K," Mrs. Allmond says.

Parents apparently know the value of Dickerson's Pre-K program.  School Priincipal Carol Welch says there's already a waiting list for next school term.

 

 
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