Lakewood Preschool's Impact
A study conducted by the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and published in Child Development concluded that, “the impacts of both Smart Start and More at Four on children persist across the entire elementary school.” It went on to state that these programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements.
The Preschool collected its FY15-16 child outcome data from several sources as described below:
--NC Pre-K: 89% of the children demonstrated a statistically significant improvement during the school year on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT).
--94% of the children tested using the Phonological Awareness of Literacy (PALS) screening tool exceeded the range of developmental expectations in four sections and met all expected outcomes in one section.
--Parents read an average of 224 books to their children annually, more than doubling the required family goal.
--Three-year old classroom: Teachers used the Teaching Strategies GOLD program to document children’s developmental milestones. 100% of the students showed improvement in the Social-Emotional and Language domains.
--Infants & Toddlers: Teachers used the Teaching Strategies GOLD program to document children’s developmental milestones in these classrooms. Their end-of-year scores were the most remarkable of all three age groups. In the Social Emotional domain, 41% of observations across 63 data points were judged to be beyond developmental expectations. In the Language domain, 24% of those observations across 49 data points were judged to be beyond developmental expectations.