Principals Lead the Way for PK-3: Early Investment, Strong Alignment, Better Results

Author: National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) / April 1, 2006

Research indicates that PK programs reduce the likelihood of teen crime, delinquency and pregnancy.  Strong PK programs are also linked to greater employment rates and higher adult wages.

But early learning success should not stop at the kindergarten door.  To build a strong platform for children's academic and social success, learning each year from PK through third grade must build in deliberate ways on the previous year's experience.  Only then will children be adequately prepared for fourth grade, when academic standards and expectations become considerably tougher, and children's educational skills must be applied to a wide range of subject areas. Without consistent support in the primary years, many children do not master basic reading skills in third grade. Poor readers often fall behind and are more likely to drop out of school.