A Strong Beginning
Quality early education is important for all children. Research shows that a five-year-old’s vocabulary can range from 500 words to 5,000 words based upon the experiences they have from birth to kindergarten. The more enriching learning experiences they have in those critical early years, the better prepared they are for school.
Currently, Minnesota is one of the few states that does not fund all-day kindergarten. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. Children attend an all-day kindergarten program.
The Wilder Foundation has done extensive research on the importance of a strong beginning to closing the achievement gap. Their recent study “How we can close the early learning access gap for low-income children in Minnesota” is available here.
In the 2011-12 school year, the referendum provided $9.1 million for early learning and $5.2 million for elementary education, which supported:
Evidence of Success:
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