"ABCs, 123s, red, blue, green, and yellow! These are the least of skills one kindergarten teacher believes all children should know upon entering her class. 'I would expect a student to know his name, how to spell and recognize it, know the alphabet, letter names, numbers one to ten, colors, and shapes,' D’ Angela Keys, a kindergarten teacher from Memphis told reporter Tamara Malone. Malone added: Kids are expected to know or to have had some exposure to these skills when they enter kindergarten on day one. However, that is not the case for many students. Keys, she said, has found herself spending great amounts of time on name recognition and spelling and alphabet recognition and sounds with many of her kindergartners."
The article, published by the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education continues:
"When a child enters kindergarten lacking the necessary skills to be successful, it becomes difficult to move him or her forward. When a teacher gets a child who cannot express himself or herself because of limited vocabulary or a child who does not know how to follow directions or positively interact with his or her peers, it affects the ability to teach the kindergarten curriculum because the teacher has to help build the foundation that should have been built before entering kindergarten."
What was said about Pre-K in our neighboring state is also true in North Carolina. Publicly funded Pre-K programs enjoy broad public and political support, largely because research suggests that preschool graduates enjoy both short-term and long-term benefits--including improved academic and school readiness, higher graduation rates, and lower incarceration rates.
Lincoln County NC Pre-K is a state-funded, community-based North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program. This program offers high-quality educational experiences for eligible 4-year-old children and enhances school readiness.
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties is the contractor of the Lincoln County NC Pre-K Program (NC Pre-K Lincoln) and Lincoln County Schools administers Title 1.
If your child qualifies for this program, it can make a huge difference in how well he or she will do in school in years to come.
If one or more of the following guidelines applies to you or your child, you may qualify for FREE NC Pre-Kindergarten services:
- Child must turn four years of age on or before August 31, 2020 to be considered for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year;
- Child of military family (military documentation required);
- Child with an identified disability or developmental/educational need;
- Child/family with limited English skills;
- Child living with a foster family, legal guardian, parent or relative.
- If you are interested in applying, visit www.pfclg.org or www.lcsnc.org or for those who wish to submit hard copies please send the application and all supporting documents to:
Chrystal Hoyle, NC Pre-K Specialist
Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties
120 Roechling Street
Dallas, NC 28034
Completing the application does not guarantee participation in the NC Pre-Kindergarten program, but if your child may qualify, it makes good sense to take the time necessary to fill out the application. It could help your child to succeed in school and in life in years to come. While the deadline for applications is still months away, it makes good sense to begin preparing now--for the benefit of your child.
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