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Take a Good look at what a Quality Pre-K program looks like from the Eyes of a child by Angelia Hicks Maxie, Executive Director Tiny Tots Development Center

The Good News is the President is touting the virtues of Early Education, specifically Universal Pre-K which seems to be an idea that we should all get behind.  Data suggests that for every $1.00 spent you save $7.00 down the road in higher earnings that yield more revenue and lower government spending….and all that might be true but the true face of Pre-K is the lives that are touched, shaped and transformed by loving, caring and educated classroom Teachers in the Pre-K world.  On a daily basis the Teaching Staff of Tiny Tots ECEAP – Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (Washington State Pre-K program) are providing the basis for a structured and nurturing environment where students are learning through organized play, reinforcing the researched based curriculum of Teaching Strategies GOLD®

The children in our program are low-income but high on enthusiasm and curiosity; they receive an initial developmental and medical screenings and are in care Monday through Thursday 4 hours each day.

These students learn vocabulary, begin to write, read and conduct math and science experiments all under the carefully planned curriculum that has been individualized for each student by classroom Teachers who use daily and weekly lesson planning time to ensure their students are proficient in over 50 learning goals and preparing them to ensure that they are Ready to enter Kindergarten with an ability to continue learning and are adjusted for the social aspects of the Kindergarten experience.

I applaud the President and this effort this should be ONE area that we all are in agreement of, Universal Pre-K is already proven to be the basis for why Oklahoma created it.  A 2005 study showed that children who went through pre-school gained 28% higher in reading than those without, math gains were 44%.

It is my hope that we in Washington State would continue our investments and maybe even double down.  We could and should do more.   Our current outlooks seems bright but the future is what we make of it and therefore if we want more for Washington States children we will have to FIGHT for the investments that will pay us back in the lives of the children who will grow up to be Teens and before you can blink the very adults holding the jobs in our State.

It is my sincere desire to see Washington State step up to the plate and take on the challenge…let’s be the next State to announce “Universal Pre-K” in our State.

Sincerely,

 

Angelia Hicks-Maxie

Executive Director

Tiny Tots Development Center

Seattle, Washington 

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