Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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School Readiness

Preparing children to learn requires exposure to a number of assets, such as nurturing adult interaction, quality learning experiences, and socialization. Unfortunately, many preschool programs across Sacramento County have been eliminated or reduced due to budget cuts in education.   Preshcool enrollment in Sacramento County has declined slightly over the past 5 years, and fewer than half of Sacramento County three and four year olds are currently enrolled in preschool..

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Why is this important?

  • Current research on brain development from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University indicates that early exposure to positive environments and experiences are essential to healthy development. Information learned prior to kindergarten sets the foundation to develop skills necessary to succeed in school, become capable lifelong learners, and thrive as adults.
  • The RAND Corporation has predicted gains from one year of high-quality preschool for four-year olds across three major categories, including improvement in educational processes and attainment, reduction in child maltreatment, and reduction in juvenile crime.

How are we doing?

  • Nearly half (46%) of Sacramento County 3 and 4 year olds are enrolled in either public or private preschool programs.
  • Enrollment in preshcool has decreased slighlthy from 48% in 2007 to 46% in 2011.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 15:29