The evidence from national research is compelling: When children have access to high-quality, full-day 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) with well-trained teachers, they are academically, socially, and emotionally much better prepared for 5-year-old kindergarten.
Access to these opportunities is even more meaningful for children from economically disadvantaged families. Higher Expectations is working with local leaders and community members to expand access to full-day 4k in Racine County.
The Racine Unifed School District (RUSD) has begun to implement full-day 4K classrooms, but providing this program is not fully funded through state aid. Recently, Higher Expectations partnered with Racine County to propose a pilot program that would provide state funding through the Department of Children and Families to close this funding gap. This would enable RUSD and its partners to expand full-day 4K classrooms throughout the community, targeted specifcally at schools that are teaching students from economically disadvantaged families. Higher Expectations will continue to study the impact of our local 4K programs and use this data to support improvement and expansion.
Read more about our work in our 2017 Annual Report: Inspiring Action, Making an Impact