Kids First program contributes to primary school accreditation

The Wiley Fund provided the seed money for the first High Quality 3preK class at Lancaster Primary School in 2012. Shortly thereafter Kids First Foundation funded the expansion of the program to a second class in Lancaster and a class at Middlesex Elementary School.

The objective is to close the much-studied achievement gap between children needing an extra boost and their more fortunate peers, reported president Tom Kinney. The program works, he said.

“We have been following the 3preK children’s academic achievement for the last seven years,” he said. “The studies from the National Institute of Early Education Research at Rutgers University predicted success and our data confirms the achievement gap has been closed.”

The key classroom criteria for success are…