The 2020-21 school year was not what we wished for our young learners. Children and their families endured relentless uncertainty, and, in too many cases, trauma.
Meanwhile, early learning providers experienced crushing financial hardships and alternated between not being able to keep their classrooms full and having too few spots for families who wanted their children in a quality program so they could work.
COVID-19 also stymied Preschool Promise’s big plans. In response, we innovated, identifying new ways to reach families. We’re proud of the great work that continued in spite of unprecedented challenges.
We’re especially excited to share that for the third consecutive year, children in Preschool Promise classrooms are more ready than their peers for Kindergarten. In Fall 2020, 69% of incoming Kindergartners who attended Preschool Promise sites the previous school year tested “approaching” or “demonstrating” readiness compared to only 58% of children who did not attend a Preschool Promise program.
We’re doing the right things — and investing in the right places! We are so grateful to our amazing early
childhood professionals. We thank them for their enduring and inspiring commitment to young children.