Kindergarten Impacts of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program: A Statewide Evaluation

Posted by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) on March 9, 2021

The first independent study of PA’s Pre-K Counts program by the prestigious University of North Carolina shows that children in the state’s early childhood education program are better at math and language than kids who stay home. “For children who participate in PA PKC, these differences were equivalent to an increase of approximately 4-5 months of learning, a substantial difference in terms of skills development.” This is so important because math and language are the building blocks to lifelong learning and job success.

Researchers found that Pre-K Counts has higher standards than most other state-funded pre-k programs across the country, a point of pride for Pennsylvania. Children benefitted from Pre-K Counts across the commonwealth. Achievement was equal among urban, rural, and suburban children so it’s a formula that works statewide.

Read the press release.

Read the executive summary of the report and download the report here.

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