There are a lot of things I see every day as a third grade special education teacher. In my four years as a teacher, one of the biggest things I’ve noticed in my students is the huge impact that Pre-K programs can have on their education and development. These students are much better off than their peers who start school in kindergarten.
The impact of Pre-K was best illustrated to me by one of my students, Louis, when I taught second grade. Louis was able to express his thoughts and ideas and express what he needed, something that was lightyears ahead of his peers who had started school only two years earlier in kindergarten.
I have seen the impact on students who do not attend Pre-K. It is difficult for them to catch up, and it would be extremely difficult for them to integrate with other students. Pre-K builds a strong foundation for our students, on which they can enter a general education classroom successfully.