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1: Maria Brunn Lauren Allison | November 1, 2011

2: The Importance of Preschool | Preschool programs provide the social learning skills that were formerly taught in kindergarten. | Preschool is a child's first exposure to a classroom environment and social expectations.

3: Preschool allows children to practice skills like self-control and self-regulation; students learn how to listen and obey teacher commands. | Currently, students entering elementary education are expected to have basic social skills mastered.

4: Improved social skills by kindergarten such as: cooperation, sharing, respect | What Are The Benefits? | Children are introduced to basic language skills, reading, writing, and counting

5: The preschool classroom environment should have a variety of play areas for: art, tactile exploration, social play, etc. | Classroom Environment

6: Closing the Gap | High Stakes testing The risk of children falling behind | All children are held to equal standards but not all are given equal education

7: Salinas, California: Despite their poverty-level, preschoolers exceeded the No Child Left Behind (2001) benchmarks for those years 24% of the students who attended preschool scored proficient and above in English/Language Arts compared to 10% of the students who had not attended preschool. The same was true for mathematics. 50% of the students who had been preschoolers scored proficient and above compared to 34% for the non-preschoolers

8: According to the NIEER, approximately 1.3 million three- and four-year-olds are served by State-funded preschool programs. This is out of a total population of approximately 8.4 million three- and four-year-olds. Only 40 states currently have state-funded preschool programs. | Money! | By The Numbers:

9: Each state is allowed to manage their own program. In California, approximately 147,185 three- and four-year-olds served by State program. This is out of a total population of 1,081,390. CA limits service to children from families making less than 75% of State Median Income or approximately $45,281 annually or to children at risk of neglect, abuse, or in protective services.

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