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Parent engagement programs increase student readiness for kindergarten

Medical X-Press – Mary Ellen Miller

“Kindergarten teachers report that of the 32 million children living in poverty or low-income homes in the United States, nearly half lack strong social-emotional skills and are not “ready to succeed in school,” according to the latest research brief released by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Because children begin learning at home long before they enter a classroom, parents play a critical role in supporting early childhood learning and school readiness,” said Karen Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies and co-author of the report.”(more)

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