By Mark Del Monte, CEO/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics
The start of Pre-Kindergarten is a milestone. For the child, it is their first experience entering school, and for their caregivers it is an emotional moment seeing their child grow up and go to “big kids” school, and for communities it brings new opportunities to support the education and health of its youngest residents.
Researchers have long shown that children benefit enormously from high quality Pre-K. Kids enter school better prepared, ready to learn, and are less likely to repeat a grade later on. Pre-K also accounts for increased high school graduation rates and increased years of education completed.