Early Education Alliance Applauds Haslam’s Response to Pre-K Study

Press Release from the Tennessee Alliance for Early Education; June 9, 2011:

Following is a statement from Diane Neighbors, chair of the Tennessee Alliance for Early Education, regarding Gov. Haslam’s response to the release of SRG’s pre-kindergarten study findings.

I would like to thank Gov. Haslam for his strong statement of support for Tennessee’s pre-kindergarten program. I would also like to thank him for drawing attention to the recently released Vanderbilt/Peabody Research Institute study of Tennessee’s existing pre-K program.

The initial results of this rigorous longitudinal study prove what we have known for years: that children who attend our state’s nationally recognized voluntary pre-K program fare much better than their peers who do not enroll in pre-K.

The study, which is the first of its kind to assess Tennessee’s pre-K program, showed that students who attended pre-K made extraordinary gains in literacy and math skills.

While SRG’s study assessed a pilot pre-K program instituted in 1998 and overhauled in 2005, Vanderbilt’s study assesses the nationally regarded pre-K program currently in place in Tennessee. The SRG report findings suggest that Tennessee’s pre-K program is doing exactly what it was designed to do – prepare our children for kindergarten.

I would like to commend Gov. Haslam and other Tennessee policymakers for their continued support of our existing pre-K program and its quality standards that produce positive results for our youngest students.

For more information about the Vanderbilt study, visit http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2011/02/tennessee-pre-k-students-see-82-percent-gain-over-peers/ .