2012 Tri-Cities Pre-K Summit


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Legal Aid Justice Center, in collaboration with Smart Beginnings Hopewell-Prince George, Southside Alliance for Children & Families, and Southern Initiative Algebra Project hosted a Tri-Cities Pre-K Summit last week in Petersburg. The summit brought together parents, educators, elected officials, and service providers in the Tri-Cities area to foster a regional collaboration effort to ensure school readiness for all at-risk children. The evening featured a panel and lively discussion focused on the successes and challenges of expanding preschool services to the region.

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2012 Tri-Cities Pre-K Summit

  1. 1. Pre-K Summit Collaborating on QualityEducation for Preschool Students in the Tri-Cities Area October 4, 2012 | 5pm |Tabernacle Baptist Church 418 Halifax St. Petersburg, VA
  2. 2. Our Purpose Working to ensure schoolreadiness for all at-risk children in the Tri-Cities Area.
  3. 3. The Need At least 50% of VPI funding is provided by state funds, with the rest covered by localities. In theTri-Cities area, localities pay an average of 35% of the cost of VPI for FY 2013 and FY 2014. However, many localities do not serve all children who qualify for VPI.
  4. 4. The Need CharlesCity, Hopewell, and Surry used 100% of their VPI slots in FY 2012.
  5. 5. The NeedPetersburg and PrinceGeorge used more thanthree quarters of their slots.
  6. 6. The NeedDinwiddie used just over half its slots. Colonial Heights served 30%.
  7. 7. The NeedChesterfield served 17% of the 663 children eligible for VPI.
  8. 8. The NeedSussex does not currentlyoffer a VPI program for its 7 eligible children.
  9. 9. The Benefit A 2007 JLARC report, “Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI): Current Implementation and Potential Changes,” describes the measurable, significant benefits of VPI:•Students in VPI classrooms performed approximately 21percentage points better on the PALS-Pre-K than students whodid not attend preschool.•Using the PALS-K, students who attended VPI were identified asneeding further assistance at a lower rate than students who didnot attend a preschool program.
  10. 10. The Benefit•VPI graduates performed 6.7 points higheron the PALS-K than their predicted score (aprediction of what they would have scoredwithout attending a preschool program).•Students who attended any publicly fundedpreschool program performed better on thirdgrade SOLs than other economically-disadvantaged students.
  11. 11. The Benefit “High-quality pre-kindergarten programs have positive effects on children’s school readiness, leveling the playing field by preventing disadvantaged children from lagging behind more advantaged children in kindergarten and later school years.”**All quotes on this and following slides are taken from the Smart Beginnings GreaterRichmond booklet, “Early childhood development directly affects economic vitality. We cantell you how . . . ” The original source will be cited on each individual slide.Mead, S. (2004). National Pre-K strategy unveiled. Washington, D.C.: ProgressivePolicy Institute. www.ppionline.org/documents/prek_0904.pdf.
  12. 12. The Benefit“A good preschool can offer a 12% annual return after inflation.”Rolnick, A., and R. Grunewalk, 2003. Early childhood development: economic development with a high public return. FedGazette.
  13. 13. The Benefit “For every dollar invested in early childhood developmentprograms, there is a $7-$8 public return.”Beckstrom, M. 2003. „Invest in kids‟ taken literally, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, October 24, city edition.
  14. 14. The Benefit “At-risk children who [do] not attend quality early childhood education programs [are] 70% more likely to be arrested for violent crime by age 18.”Newman, S., Brazelton, T.B., Zigler, E., Sherman, L., Bratton, W.,Sanders, J., Christenson, W. 2000. America’s Child Care Crisis: A CrimePrevention Tragedy. Washington, DC: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
  15. 15. The Take-AwayQuality early childhood education is essential to the success of our community. Let‟s make sure all of our most at-risk children can benefit from it. Pre-K Works!