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    Program Benefits

    For Children

    • Extensive research has shown that participation in quality pre-kindergarten experiences significantly improves early literacy, language and math skills.
    • Pre-k has been shown to improve student performance on third-grade tests
    • Reduce the number of kids held back in school by up to 36 percent and
    • Reduce the need for special education by up to 49 percent.

    For Early Childhood Education Providers

    • Free marketing
    • Recognition as a RSG Participant
    • Professional Development Opportunities
    • Technical Assistance to improve or maintain Step Up To Quality rating

    For the Community, children who participate in quality early childhood education programs:

    • Have higher rates of employment as adults
    • Have higher earnings as adults
    • Have reduced participation in crime as adults
    • Have reduced rate of use of public assistance as adults
    • Finally, research shows the rate of return on investments in early childhood education is far greater than investments made in primary and secondary education