Preschool provides the foundational academic and social skills that kids need in school. And the effects last.
In Salt Lake City (see video to the left), 110 children out of a 700-child cohort tested as severely behind and likely to need special education in kindergarten and first grade. After just one year of preschool in a Granite School District preschool program, 109 out of those 110 were able to overcome their challenges and be completely school-ready.
Graduates of Granite School District's preschool program are now as old as high school and have consistently outperformed their peers, been on honor rolls, and are on track to graduate at much higher rates than was expected before preschool.
For almost a decade, the state of Utah has pioneered an innovative, at home school readiness program called UPSTART which currently serves over 20% of Utah’s 4-year-olds. UPSTART is an online program that partners with parents to help get children ready for school. Independent research indicates that children who used the program continued to outperform their peers in reading, math and science through 4th grade. These gains held for all categories of at-risk children: English Language Learners, minority, special education, and low income.