Pre-K quality varies

Until recently, New York City’s free preschool program was considered a model for the nation (”New York City’s Pre-K System Was a Model. Now Employees Say It’s a Mess,” The New York Times, Jan. 6). It’s hard to pinpoint the reason, but the likelihood is that the program expanded too rapidly.

There’s nothing wrong, of course, in reaching out to underserved neighborhoods.  But low-income families lack the resources to prepare their toddlers for the classroom. As a result, teachers find themselves overwhelmed.  As a result, there is a high turnover in staff members.

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