'Pre-K 4 SA' Gets High Marks in Study of Urban Early Childhood Programs

By Jim Forsyth, WOAI

The non profit institution CityHealth, which is part of the Beaumont and Kaiser Permanente Foundations, along with the National Institute for Early Education Research has studied early childhood education programs in forty major American cities, and says San Antonio's sales tax funded Pre-K 4 SA program is among the five most successful in the nation, with a 'Gold' rating, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Shelly Hearne, who heads CityHealth, says one key success of Pre-K 4 SA is reaching the entire community, something many similar programs have not been able to achieve.

"It has met the benchmark for accessibility," she says.  "Thirty percent of children in San Antonio, regardless of income, are enrolled in the Pre-K programs."

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