Studies show that educational achievement gaps already exist at Kindergarten entry.  Children from low-income families are more likely to start school with limited language skills, health problems and social and emotional problems that interfere with learning.  The larger the gap at school entry, the harder it is to close.

Schools can improve the readiness of young children by making connections with local child care providers and preschools by creating policies that ensure smooth transitions to kindergarten.  Schools must be ready to address the diverse needs of the children and families in their community and be committed to the success of every child. 


The Strategic Framework: Building an Early Learning System for Ohio's Young Children, A Work in Progress. (April 2003). Action for Children.
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Belfield, C. (August 2004). Investing in Early Childhood Education in Ohio: An Economic Appraisal 
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The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry in Ohio. (November 2004).  Prepared by the Nationa Economic Development and Law Center.
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