preschool initiative clearinghouse
Evidence shows that children in quality pre-kindergarten (PK) programs are less likely to be retained or be placed in Special Education, and are more likely to graduate from high school and earn more than children who are not offered these programs. Early education and school readiness programs are even more important for migrant children because they will quickly be faced with additional barriers—such as school disruptions—as soon as they begin their formal education. As a whole, the Migrant Education Program (MEP) struggles to serve PK children and families; from 2008-2013, an average of only 20% of eligible 3-5 year-old MEP students received instructional services per year. In addition, there are significant gaps in the early childhood community about how to effectively serve migrant PK children. The Preschool Initiative (PI) is a Consortium Incentive Grant (CIG) that aims to assist state MEPs with laying an educational foundation that will lead to increased parent engagement and improved migrant student performance across academic disciplines.