Friday, June 08, 2018

Nell Duke quoted in District Administration story about pre-K literacy


In a District Administration feature article titled “Lit takes a village for pre-K education,” author Carolyn Crist states that districts and community organizations are enriching their early literacy programs with more than books. Many programs are now providing transportation, meals, summer lessons and family activities to further prepare children for kindergarten reading.

Quoted in the article, SOE professor Nell Duke explains that “the biggest challenge for closing the literacy gap is to address its cause: an opportunity gap. Providing access to high-quality pre-kindergarten education is an important strategy for laying a strong foundation for literacy development.”

While some children from higher socioeconomic classes have access to high-quality child care and pre-K programs, others do not. Additionally, children from higher socioeconomic classes are 26% more likely to be read to on a daily basis. School district leaders are starting to plan programs and forge community partnerships to help to close these gaps.

Nell K. Duke is Professor

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