The education system decided to begin pre-kindergarten and give young students an early start. Pre-kindergarten was a successful move by offering students a start at school and preparation for academics and social-emotional development. Historically, Americans operated on the idea that children would just pick up the essentials along the way; however, some were concerned about drop-out rates and poor learning potential. Many states introduced the pre-kindergarten programs where students could enter for early starts and explore learning environments to improve learning potential and enhance learning communities.
While pre-kindergarten programs are beneficial to student growth, development, and education to prepare students for higher grades in school, there is a lack of funding available in some states to provide the program for all four-year-old students. Oklahoma has a high-quality pre-k program and has exceeded the percentage of students enrolled; however, Florida has a less quality program because of teacher qualification requirements and funding availability. The question was discovered regarding the success of Oklahoma’s pre-k program when the state realized the need for high standards as well as highly qualified and highly paid teachers. Their pre-k teachers are as highly educated and as highly paid as their elementary teachers, yet they work at the pre-k level. Many states fail in their pre-k programs by not viewing pre-k on similar levels as elementary school and not giving pre-k equal recognition and funding. Oklahoma’s support of pre-k and the understanding of child development have led them to understand and support early learning efforts at an early age to give young students early starts to school.
Each state’s support of pre-k will demonstrate the focus on early school starts and the emphasis placed on early education. Wherever states place recognition and funding shows the focus and essentials to learning environments. For pre-k programs to succeed states must focus on teacher qualifications and education needs; therefore, they will likely attract teachers to grow the program and give it the recognition it deserves.
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