“Growing Strong Learners”
The Central Valley Pre-K Initiative for English Learner Children
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
if you are planning for a lifetime, educate children. – Chinese Proverb
An Urgent Need and a Compelling Opportunity
The evidence is clear: English Learner (EL) children who attend preschool (Pre-K) reap great benefits in terms of cognitive, language and mathematics development. They do better in school and become proficient in English more quickly.
In California’s Central Valley, over 90% of kindergarteners in many school districts are ELs. Many live in rural communities and come from families that have been, historically, less likely to enroll their children in early education programs. Costs, transportation and scheduling issues are common barriers, as are outreach efforts that do not address families’ concerns and needs. So, more often than not, these children start school behind and they stay behind.
CVF’s Pre-K Initiative, “Growing Strong Learners,” aims to close this achievement gap by supporting parents, families, schools and communities in developing the tools to ensure that EL children enter kindergarten prepared for success in school and in life.
An initial cohort of four (4) Central Valley school districts and communities is planning, testing and will implement strategies to expand access, improve instructional quality and engage families in conjunction with CVF’s key priority areas.
Key Priority Areas
An initial cohort of four (4) Central Valley school districts and communities will plan, test and implement projects to expand access, and improve instructional quality and engage families to meet set goals.