pre-k en Nearly 40% of Michigan kids miss out on pre-k <p>New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that nearly <a href="">1 in 4 kids in Michigan lives in poverty</a>. For a family of four that means living on $23,000, or less per year.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:02:17 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9394 at Nearly 40% of Michigan kids miss out on pre-k State of Opportunity: Preschool in the summer <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This week, Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="">State of Opportunity</a> reporter <a href="" rel="author">Dustin Dwyer</a> looked into children&#39;s first glimpse of classroom education-- preschool.</p><p>Dwyer reports that although early education can have a <a href="">profound effect</a> on the development of children, there aren&#39;t enough classes to go around.&nbsp; Only <a href=";group=DataBook&amp;loc=24&amp;dt=1%2c3%2c2%2c4">about half </a>of preschool-aged children attend classes.</p><p>He found one solution in Grand Rapids Public Schools, where preschools have extended classes into the summer.</p><p><a href="">Listen to Dwyer&#39;s story</a>, in which parents, guardians and teachers of preschoolers speak about the benefits of summertime preschool and the challenges they face providing education opportunities for their children.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:52:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8680 at State of Opportunity: Preschool in the summer Grand Rapids Public Schools starting new pre-K prep program <p><a href="">The Grand Rapids Public Schools</a>&nbsp;is teaming up with <a href="">First Steps</a> and <a href="">Great Start Collaborative</a> to launch&nbsp;what they are calling&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Early Learning Communities&quot;.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:39:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 1339 at Grand Rapids Public Schools starting new pre-K prep program MSU study: Preschool helps 3 & 4 year olds learn how to read <p>Many government leaders are debating the value of preschool programs, like <a href="">Head Start</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">A new Michigan State University study</a> finds students do get an educational benefit from pre-K programs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;MSU researchers compared about 80 children, between 3 and 4 years old,&nbsp; whose birthdays were just weeks apart.&nbsp; Some were just old enough to enter preschool.&nbsp; The others had to wait. MSU researcher<a href=""> Lori Skibbe</a>&nbsp;says the students who attended pre-school got a jump start on their peers in literacy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>"<em>We found that children who essentially made the cut off we’re in preschool earlier demonstrated greater gains in literacy than children who were not enrolled in preschool at this time.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p></blockquote><p>Other recent studies suggest that pre-K programs do not have long term beneficial effects on students.&nbsp;&nbsp; Skibbe disagrees.&nbsp; She says the programs do help students develop literacy skills they need.&nbsp;</p><p>The MSU study appears in the journal, <a href="">Early Childhood Research Quarterly</a>. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:00:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 1155 at MSU study: Preschool helps 3 & 4 year olds learn how to read