Most Children In North Dakota Do Not Attend Preschool

Research has proven that preschool is an important investment for children. Children who have attended early quality childhood education are less likely to be retained in grade or referred for special education. It is also more likely for children who have attended Anaheim Preschool to attend college, obtain a degree and gain stable employment.

Compared to other states in America, North Dakota has the highest percentage of young children who are not attending preschool. This is based on a new report from Kids Count, a data center that publishes comprehensive annual reports regarding children’s wellbeing.

Between 2015 and 2017, it was found out that 69% of North Dakota’s 3 and 4-year olds are not enrolled in nursery school, preschool or kindergarten. According to Kids Count, the high percentage of kids gaining early childhood education is a serious problem. Early learning programs like pre-K can create a strong foundation for educational development and wellbeing most particularly for low income groups.

Contrary to the results of studies that early education is beneficial for kids, there are also studies that show that early schooling will have a long-lasting negative impact on students and may result to attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

Demand has significantly increased in recent years for universal pre-K that is funded by the government where children from low income families can attend. At present, only 9 states offer pre-K. Most states offer the voluntary pre-K. At least two-thirds of the states have increased their funding for pre-K in recent years with pre-K programs for dual-language learners and limited open enrollment.

Minnesota is consistently lower than North Dakota in early childhood education but there has been a push towards the expansion of pre-K and early childhood education programs like voluntary pre-K. Preschool programs enjoy wide success in Minnesota in being able to prepare children academically and emotionally for elementary school.

Preschool prepares children for elementary school by teaching the values of working independently and with peers. Teachers at Anaheim Preschool provide children with a jumpstart in learning to read, listening to directions and sitting at a classroom for longer periods of time. Children also participate in activities like singing songs and story time.