[kids-lib] Kids-lib Digest, Vol 112, Issue 6

Joanne Mcnamara joannem at multcolib.org
Wed Jun 13 13:57:54 PDT 2012

Thanks, Rachel.
I am on this mailing list. These are great talking points and, like Katie
mentioned, good points for grant-writing.

On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM, <
kids-lib-request at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> wrote:

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>   1. In the News: new study on the impact of preschool (Katie Anderson)
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> From: "Katie Anderson" <katie.anderson at state.or.us>
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> Subject: [kids-lib] In the News: new study on the impact of preschool
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> Hi! A recently published study in Michigan is well-worth noting.
> Here is a news article about the study:
> http://www.mlive.com/education/index.ssf/2012/06/study_on_michigan_early_childh.html
> Here is the actual study (which I haven't had a time to read in full yet):
> http://bridgemi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/GSRP-evaluation-may-21-12.pdf
> Here are the key quotes I took away from the news article that are
> note-worthy:
> *         more pre-K participants graduated from high school on time than
> their peers who had no pre-K education (58 percent to 43 percent). For
> minorities, the graduation gap was even wider - 60 percent [graduating] for
> pre-K participants to 36 percent [graduating] for those with no formal
> early childhood education. [This is a great research quote to use in grant
> applications and advocacy work-save it!]
> *         all the research says it's money well-spent. If you expect a
> payoff in the next quarter, you're not going to see it. You have to be
> patient. You have to understand what these types of programs do for
> children."
> *         The lowered grade retention levels pay 45 percent of the cost of
> the Great Start program, even before taking into account higher high school
> graduation rates and subsequent higher lifetime earnings. [This is a great
> research quote to use in grant applications and advocacy work-save it!]
> *         Children who attended a public pre-K school program had greater
> success throughout their K-12 career, including graduating at a higher
> rate, according to a first-of-its-kind study that followed more than 500
> Michigan children for 14 years.
> *         The study followed 338 children from Detroit, St. Clair County,
> Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Wyoming and Roscommon who attended Great Start as
> 4-year-olds in 1995-96, and 258 demographically similar children who
> qualified for Great Start, but didn't attend any type of pre-school before
> entering kindergarten.
> What does this mean for public libraries?
> *         Libraries are in a position to provide high-quality early
> learning programs for the children who qualify for state funded preschool,
> but don't attend any type of preschool. State funded preschool in our state
> is called Oregon PreKindergarten (OPK).
> *         To achieve even greater impact, libraries can provide early
> literacy training to the parents of these children. Parents spend more time
> with their children than anyone else, their interactions with their
> children have the greatest impact on later success in school and life.
> Parents who can't get their kids into state funded preschool need to hear
> this and be provided training so they can facilitate effective, fun
> learning interactions with their kids.
> *         Libraries need to partner with organizations who are already
> serving these children (Healthy Start and WIC are two examples) and bring
> early literacy programming for children and their parents to the locations
> those families are already going to regularly. These are the families who
> have the most difficulty getting to the library so bring the library to
> them!
> *         All these programs can be provided to parents and children at no
> upfront cost to families.
> Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
> * Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
> Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
> katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>,
> 503-378-2528
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*Joanne McNamara*
Parent Education Coordinator
Early Childhood Services
Multnomah County Library
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