We’re seeing a growing investment in high quality curriculum in early childhood programs where teachers individualize to the strengths, needs, and interests of each child and create pathways for children who may be falling behind widely held expectations for their age.
BETHESDA, Md. (December 21, 2016) – This year, our nation’s headlines brought attention to a pattern that is growing all too familiar. Controversial police shootings. Public outcry over bias and disparate impact. Protests. Less widely reported, but no less troubling, were the results of a recent Yale study on the alarming rate of preschool suspensions among young black children.
Yes, you read that right. Our public Pre-K programs suspend roughly 8,000 4- and 5-year-old children each year. The study, conducted by psychology professor, Walter Gilliam, suggests that bias starts early – even among early childhood educators with the very best intentions. I was reminded of the Frederick Douglass quote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
The research is clear: High-quality early childhood education is the most cost-effective way to ensure the healthy development of children in poverty and offer the greatest returns to communities. Every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood education produces a 7 to 10 percent annual return on investment. But young children need to be in high quality programs in order to receive these benefits.
About Teaching Strategies: With ground-breaking solutions and a strong belief that a child’s first 8 years form a critical foundation for school success, Teaching Strategies has been an advocate for the early education community for nearly 30 years. Today, Teaching Strategies provides curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs across the country. Its award-winning products like The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and widely-adopted assessment solutions like GOLD® reach over 2 million children each year. To learn why thousands of early childhood programs and many states choose to partner with Teaching Strategies to help ensure children’s success in school and in life, visit teachingstrategies.com and follow us on Twitter @TeachStrategies.