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How one poor Brooklyn preschool is competing with the best

from The Christian Science Monitor

At the Audrey Johnson Day Care one sunny April morning, preschoolers were discussing how seeds grow into plants. The teacher asked them, "Is the sun natural light or artificial light?" A few of the 4-year-olds answered, "Natural light." "Good job. Kiss yourself," the teacher instructed the class. They all kissed their hands. Student engagement and positive reinforcement like this, experts say, is a sign of a quality prekindergarten program. The Brooklyn school is one of hundreds of preschools across New York City to receive high marks, according to recent results of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale. more

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