Lancaster Primary School children who participated in the initial Kids First high quality early preschool class for at-risk 3-year-olds in 2012 have just completed second grade and their test results show that the program works.
The traditional gap in achievement has not only been closed, but their average test scores exceeded the grade-wide average of their more fortunate peers. Each subsequent class has demonstrated that they have closed the gap as well.
“We are pleased but not surprised,” said Tom Kinney, president of the Kids First Foundation (KFF), which provided seed money and a nutrition program to both Lancaster and Middlesex public schools to encourage the schools to try this type of early preschool with minimal financial risk.
“Our two years of investigation, which included the studies at the National Institute of Early Education Research at Rutgers University, indicated such a program would work right here in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula just as it has in other parts of the country,” said Kinney.
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