While the years between birth and age eight mark many milestones in the learning continuum, pre-kindergarten (pre-k) focuses intently on the transition to elementary education.
Cities often choose pre-k as a natural “first step” to engage young learners and increase the potential for future academic success. The following report (Increasing Early Care and Education Opportunities in Pittsburgh: A Review of Pre-Kindergarten Expansion in U.S. Cities) details the processes and outcomes of pre-k initiatives across the country. Pittsburgh’s initial pre-k momentum mirrors that of many other cities.
The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) viewed the information through a regional lens, aiming for a comprehensive overview that would highlight opportunities and identify potential challenges for Pittsburgh to consider.
PAEYC is grateful to Emily Neff who was the lead author and editor of this report as part of her work through PAEYC as a Coro Public Policy Fellow. Emily persisted through many versions of this report and coordinated the research and writing of several PAEYC staff including Sarah Byrne-Houser, Chad Dorn, and Lissa Geiger Shulman. We appreciate Emily's leadership in assembling this report.