Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Preschool musings--problem with Head Start
The preschool she went to was (31 yrs ago) more than $600 a month--members of Congress put their kids there--we were the poor relations. I still get the newsletter--the place is going strong.
They separated the kids into "rooms" of like ages. But researchers at Ohio State say that as of 2009, 75% of all Head Start classrooms (for low-income kids 3-5) were mixed age. (Psychology Science)
This can be a downside for children, the researchers said.
Four-year-olds especially can be in less challenging classrooms. This may contribute to the less than stellar achievement milestones of 4-yr-olds in Head Start.
Basically in a sample of 2,879 kids, they found the higher prercent of 3-yr-olds in a class, the less well the 4-yr-olds did. When younger kids made up half the class, the 4-yr-olds lagged by five months.
There were also no academic gains for the 3-yr-olds.
They did not test for causes, but speculated that interaction with younger kids did not provide the stimulation in math and language and maybe teachers boiled down the lessons to a mixture young and older could grasp.
Something to think about...