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Preschool and Early Education Expansion

Preschool and Early Education Expansion

There are numerous case studies that support the value of early education expansion and the creation of high-quality preschool programs for early learners, particularly for students that would otherwise be marginalized in the public school system. These programs are deemed high-quality because of the presence of a number of factors, including highly trained and well-compensated teachers, full-day program availability, smaller class sizes and student/teacher ratios, evidence-based instruction and professional development for the staff, and comprehensive services, particularly for low-income students and students with specialized educational needs.

Good News and Bad News for Preschool Programs

The good news: according to the National Institute for Early Education Research, all but four US states have adopted early learning programs to provide high-quality preschool options for all four-year old students from low- and moderate-income families. The bad news: although several national education policy initiatives have increased funding to preschool programs throughout the United States, the number of enrollments in a high-quality preschool program remain low. According to one article published by EducationNews.org,

“Currently, only 41% of all four-year-old young people and 16% of three-year-olds in the US are enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs such as Head Start or special education, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research.”

What We Know About Successful Preschool Programs

One recent case study identified two major factors in creating a successful preschool program – 1. aligning instruction from preschool through grade 3, and 2. use of an individualized, or differentiated, instructional model. Aligning instruction across a span of 5 years required coordination of everything from learning standards to curriculum, and even communication with families. The use of individualized instruction also meant incorporating everything from small group instruction to making necessary modifications and accommodations based on each student’s learning needs. The findings of this particular case study can be used for modeling new preschool programs to maximize successful outcomes for students.

New Grants and the Pay for Success Model

One recent grant initiative put into place late last year is the Pay for Success grant, which offered $3 million in compensation for positive outcomes from early education preschool programs. As noted in this Press Release from the US Department of Education, eight entities (including one state department of education, public school districts, charter school districts, and other early education companies) were selected to participate in the grant opportunity. These entities will measure outcomes such as improved kindergarten readiness, achievement in reading and math, and improved social and emotional skills for young learners who attend these preschool programs. The participants will also study whether or not social and emotional skills are indicative of future school success, and other financial and societal benefits.

If your child is entering preschool or kindergarten soon and you want to find out if he/she is ready, call the preschool and kindergarten readiness experts at Club Z! at 800-434-2582.

Benefits of In-Home Tutoring

Benefits of In-Home Tutoring

The benefits of in-home tutoring are numerous. From the one-on-one, individualized attention the student receives from the tutor, to the non-competitive atmosphere of the home environment, there are many obvious benefits. Club Z! has been offering in-home tutoring for more than 20 years, with hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers raving about their experience. So it comes as no surprise that in-home tutoring is part of the Club Z! Advantage. The Club Z! Advantage is clear – focused, one-on-one instruction, tailored to each student’s individual needs and preferences. It is this individualized attention and commitment to delivering quality educational services that have helped Club Z! stand out since 1995! Continue reading

How to Pick the Right Tutoring Company for You

How to Pick the Right Tutoring Company for You

Most of us parents have experienced the “homework blues” at one point or another with our children. When it’s time to crack the books, our kids will find any excuse under the sun to delay, postpone or even skip it all together. But how do you know when there’s a real problem in the classroom, and not just an aversion to homework? If your child genuinely seems to struggle in a subject, or it’s been confirmed by the school by a poor classroom grade or even a less-than-stellar report card, it may be time to get some outside help. Continue reading

The Teacher Shortage in America

The Teacher Shortage in America

There is a very real crisis in American education, but  this crisis has nothing to do with education policy. From 2009 to 2014, there was a significant decline in enrollments (35% fewer) into teacher preparation programs, according to one report from the Learning Policy Institute. This decrease in enrollments, combined with an increase in classes that were previously not offered due to funding cuts that have been lifted, has greatly affected the teacher shortage. But the single largest contributor, according to the report, is the high percentage of teachers who leave the profession. All of this has resulted in a major shortage of qualified teachers for US schools. And this teacher shortage is predicted to have major impacts on American classrooms and Continue reading

Why Club Z!?

Why Club Z!?

If you’re considering tutoring or test prep services for yourself or your child, you may be looking at a number of different companies. We realize we’re biased in saying this, but Club Z! truly is the BEST when it comes to personalized programs, individualized instruction, and top-notch tutors. But if you’re still wondering, “Why Club Z!?” check out this list of what makes Club Z! so great: Continue reading

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