Evidence-Based PreK Curricula: Paving the Road to Elementary Academic Success


The role of early childhood educators in a young child’s future is more critical than ever before.  Solid preschool learning is proven to pave the road for academic achievement and is a predictor of graduation from high school, as well as college and career readiness.

Research conducted by the U.S. Department of Education reports that expanding early learning–including high-quality preschool–provides society with a return on investment of $8.60 for every $1 spent. This investment reduces the need for spending on other services, such as remedial education, grade repetition, and special education. And, about one-half of the return on investment originates from increased earnings for children when they grow up.

Not only is early education an effective investment, but it’s the right thing to do. A growing body of research shows that children who participate in high-quality preschool programs have better health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes than those who do not participate.

These developmental years are the years that can help determine students’ future success. The proof is evidenced in reports such as the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, where children who had participated in a preschool program had higher income, were more likely to be employed and to graduate high school. Leading organizations like the National Institute for Early Education Research and the USDOE agree that making a high-impact investment in PreK education delivery—by providing access to high-quality, evidence-based programs—can and will increase the likelihood of success for young children, in school and life.

For the lucky 4-year-olds who participate in publicly-funded or private early learning settings—Head Start, public PreK, special education preschool services, or private preschools—research-proven PreK curriculum programs can contribute to a strong jumpstart, and provide a solid foundation for success in school.

Focused PreK programs from McGraw-Hill Education are designed to help preschool educators and administrators create a solid base for literacy and numeracy learning. Learning theories and practices are designed to stimulate development through curricula based on a child’s early developmental needs. Three of the 11 literacy and three mathematics programs offered for PreK learning are highlighted here.

The DLM Early Childhood Express offers a comprehensive PreK child-centered curriculum with strong teacher support and 21st Century technology. The curriculum links connections in literacy, math, science, social studies, fine arts, health and safety, personal development, physical development and technology.

SRA KinderBound powers a PreK curriculum to prepare all students with essential foundational skills required to begin and advance in Kindergarten. Teachers at all professional levels can easily provide students with the basic understanding, knowledge, and skills needed to transition from preschool or home to kindergarten.

Building Blocks Pre-K embeds mathematical learning in PreK students’ daily activities and develops mathematical knowledge through high-tech activities, hands-on manipulatives, real-world exploration and more.

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