Preliminary results of a current study being conducted by Vanderbilt University in partnership with the Division of School Readiness and Early Learning at the Tennessee State Department of Education show that children attending state-sponsored pre-kindergarten programs do significantly better in school than those who do not attend pre-K.

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From conception until age three, children undergo a period of extraordinary brain development, and their early environments can encourage or impede effective cognitive growth. A growing body of research tells us that an early childhood spent in poverty means more than economic hardship for infants and toddlers - young children raised in impoverished households lack access to crucial resources needed for optimal social, emotional and cognitive brain development. Unfortunately, child poverty is on the rise in Memphis 

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A child’s most rapid brain development will occur between birth and age 3. The quality of that early brain development is dependent on a child having access to safe, supportive and stimulating early environments (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2004).

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Ready, Set, Grow!

The “Ready, Set, Grow!” (RSG) program is a child care accreditation program run by the University of Memphis. The RSG program evaluates programs using standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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Parsing State Pre-K Funding Cuts

In this week's Early Ed Watch blog, Lisa Guernsey reports on the latest round of state budget cuts and their effect on pre-kindergarten programs.

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