Study: Pre-K provides huge benefits

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- A new study by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Marshall University finds that kids who go to preschool are ahead of those who have no pre-K experience in every measure.

Since legislation was passed in 2002 to make preschool available to all families through the universal pre-K program, more children are now getting an early start to success.

Paula Volansky has worked as a teacher for 17 years and said preschool is promising.

"It has been really beneficial. They are seeing that it is an important part of getting into kindergarten. They need to know certain things, so it helps everyone. They are really promoting it here and I do believe that it is very, very important. You can see the difference in kids who haven't has preschool," said Paula Volansky, teacher at Pleasant Day Schools.

The study said one of the biggest differences between children who attend is their ability to read. Pre-K programs are designed to introduce skills like math and writing, but they also help develop social skills.

"They also get those skills that they need, socialization, solving conflict, being independent, learning some independent skills on their own, so they get all that and a lot of times those are the kids that are not crying when mommy drops them off at kindergarten because they have been here and done that already," said Volansky.

Laura Teasdale has also been teaching for 15 years. She has a first hand experience with the positivity of preschool.

"My little boy has been in pre-K this past year. He has been in daycare with me since he was born and he just started yesterday in kindergarten for the first time, so it's a big step for him and a big step for me. It's the first time he's not here at daycare with his mom, but yesterday he got on the bus and waved goodbye and was good to go," said Laura Teasdale, teacher at Pleasant Day Schools.

Pre-K also helps kids get used to a schedule and helps to curve anxiety for the first day of kindergarten.

"It is an important thing to do. If you don't send your kids that first day of kindergarten becomes scary for them," said Volansky.