As the start of a new school year approaches, many children will be entering pre-kindergarten programs.
Many studies have shown that children who have a pre-k experience are better prepared to begin school.
Jennifer Doyle, Vice-President of the Harrisburg-based Foundation for Enhancing Communities, says early childhood education benefits children in a number of ways, including building confidence and providing a diverse situation they may not be experiencing at home.
“Early education is so much more than playing,” Doyle said. “It is that school-readiness opportunity.”
Foundation President Janice Black says children who don’t get a good start in school often fall behind and don’t catch up which can lead to problems later in life.