Preschools play key role in preparing English learners for kindergarten
From Nov. 12:
When Laurel Parker, who directs preschool programs in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District southeast of Los Angeles, assigns children to classes, she knows most come in speaking a language other than English at home. What happens next is central to a major challenge facing California education: how to make sure that preschool children with limited English-speaking abilities enroll in kindergarten ready to learn. It is a goal that experts say preschool programs across the state have only partially been able to fulfill.
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