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City: Pre-K 4 SA program returns positive first-year results

Independent study says city program a success

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SAN ANTONIO – A full-day prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds living in the City of San Antonio returned positive results after its inaugural year, according to a statement issued by the city Tuesday.

According to the city, the results of a recent study show students in Pre-K 4 SA met or exceeded the ability of children their same age around the country.

The independent evaluation showed that although Pre-K 4 SA children started the school year significantly behind in kindergarten readiness, they surpassed the national sample in three of six outcomes and were on par with the remaining three.

Those six outcomes include: cognitive, literacy, mathematics, oral language, physical ability, and social-emotional behavior, and were measured by a nationally-recognized program assessing children in an early childhood program.

The Pre-K 4 SA board of directors were shown the findings Tuesday afternoon.

"The results of this study are very promising," said Kathy Bruck, who serves as CEO for the program. "They help confirm that Pre-K 4 SA is moving in the right direction with its enriched and interactive curriculum."

Pre-K 4 SA is free for qualifying students and also accepts tuition-paying students.

The first-year performance study was conducted by Edvance Research Inc. and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), in affiliation with Rutgers University in New Jersey.

You can read the full study here.