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.

Language proficiency is a key predictor of school success. Early literacy skills (size of vocabulary, recognizing letters, understanding letter and sound relationships) at kindergarten entry are good predictors of children's reading abilities throughout their educational careers. Language and literacy skills enable children to develop cognitive skills and knowledge and to interact effectively with peers and adults.


Kathy Stegall
Program Coordinator
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
700 S. Main, P.O. Box 1437, Slot S160
Little Rock, AR  72203
501-682-4893 (p)
501-682-4897 (f)

Janie Huddleston
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education
P.O. Box 1437, Slot S-140
Little Rock, AR  72203
Phone: 501-682-4895

Dee Cox
Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
#4 Capitol Mall, room  402A
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-4379

Ann Patterson
Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Project
523 S. Louisiana, suite 301
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-371-0740




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