The preschoolers at Cincinnati Union Bethel's early learning centers are ready for kindergarten, according to an analysis of Cincinnati Public Schools KRAL (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment-Literacy) in the Strive Policy Brief.
Over the past two years, Cincinnati Union Bethel's early childhood education program has been participating in Winning Beginnings, an initiative of United Way's Success by 6, which provides support for teachers through professional development and access to data and promotes kindergarten readiness and child developmental progress in preschool.
In 2010, 88% of children attending Cincinnati Union Bethel preschools for a full academic year tested prepared for kindergarten, based on KRAL. The findings also show that children attending Cincinnati Union Bethel for a full academic year outperform their counterparts within Winning Beginnings programs and Cincinnati Public Schools.
We are thrilled, says DeeAnn Camp, Director of Early Childhood Education at Cincinnati Union Bethel. This just proves what we have been saying: children from low-income areas can succeed with a quality program.
Cincinnati Union Bethel's president & CEO, Steve MacConnell adds, We have emphasized customer service and excellence, and this shows that the teachers get clear training and implement what they have learned. It has paid off, and illustrates the importance of early care and education.
A story about this success was posted on the Alliance for Children and Families website. Check it out here: http://alliance1.org/news/cincinnati-union-bethel-preschoolers-outperform-counterparts.