“They were so excited to come to school”
Donna from Manhattan says:
“In 1970 I taught pre-K for 1 year as part of the More Effective Schools program in East Harlem, NYC. Unfortunately the program lost funding. These little ones came from disadvantaged homes, most with single working parents and multiple siblings. They were so excited to come to school and learned so much in that classroom - educationally and socially - and enjoyed the structure and wonderful activities which they would not have experienced at home.
“I loved seeing their joy in discovering new things and felt rewarded to see the growth that took place. I am sure it prepared them well for Kindergarten. Now that I’m a grandma, I see the same curiosity, spirit, and desire to learn in my 3 ½ year-old twin grandbabies. All young children should have the opportunity to attend pre-K.”
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