Columbia educators skeptical of study disproving early learning

3 years 11 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 13 2015 Oct 13, 2015 Tuesday, October 13, 2015 4:13:00 PM CDT October 13, 2015 in News
By: Andria Kirkland, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A new study conducted by Vanderbilt University is sparking questions about the effectiveness of early childhood education. The study is based of a sample of more than 3000 4-year-old students, some of which were and some which were not participants in Tennessee’s state-wide pre-kindergarten educational program. Results of the study indicate that students who received early education may have experienced a spurt of academic benefit before entering kindergarten but that by the third grade students without pre-k education where doing just as well and sometimes out performed kids that were educated early on.

The featured educational program is regulated through standards set by the state board of education. Those requirements include that teachers are licensed in early childhood development and education, classrooms maintain an adult-student rations of no less than 1:10 with class size maximums at 20 students, and that teachers instruct an approved age-appropriate curriculum.

Similar to the program in the study, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education outlines guidelines for parents, parent educators, childcare providers, Head Start and public/private school teachers to prepare children for the various stages of their education. While this study may suggest otherwise, child education advocates such as Paul Prevo says that his faith in early education programs is not wavering. As the owner of Tiger Tots Child Development Center, he uses lesson plans every day with the children enrolled in his preschool.

“I am 100 percent behind early education, but it has to be quality with the appropriate curriculum,” Prevo said. “We start with lesson planning even on our infants, we start with sign language and basic concepts and that goes all the way through getting kids prepared for kindergarten.” Prevo said that he’s seen through his own programming that kids can write simple sentences and count to a hundred before entering their first year of schooling.

Prevo is also Vice Chair of Bright Futures, a program implemented in Columbia Public Schools. Prevo disregards the Vanderbilt study on early education saying “as far as long standing achievement there are studies that show both directions." He says that a big factor in young students’ success is the student’s desire to learn and that getting them into healthy learning habits has a lasting benefit. "Our hope is that children will develop a love for learning while at Tiger Tots and continue that love of learning on through the rest of their educational career.”

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department tweeted Saturday evening that due to weather, the 42nd annual Mid-Missouri Heritage... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:07:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Rain didn't stop family, friends and members of the Central Missouri chapter of Parents of Murdered Children... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 6:52:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Police Department sent out a crime notification to students about a burglary Friday night.... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 6:17:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A mysterious substance caused dangerously slick road conditions on the entrance ramp to Highway 63 from Paris Road... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 3:39:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia College volleyball player Shelby Meyer died early Saturday morning in an off-campus accident. Meyer, 21, was... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 3:27:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri officials are reminding drivers about the importance of car seats during National Child Passenger Safety Week,... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:00:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Deputies arrested seven people in connection to a drug bust on Thursday, according to a news release.... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:52:00 PM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a report of shots fired on McBaine Avenue near Sexton Road late Friday night. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 21 2019 Sep 21, 2019 Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:43:00 AM CDT September 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police announced Friday officers made an arrest in the homicide of E'quan Spain. Michael L. Anderson... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 10:46:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A crash involving three cars shut down a section of Providence Road Friday night. Columbia Urgent Care... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 9:34:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 6:09:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - The NCAA expected to hit the University of Kansas basketball program with multiple violations allegations. "After a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 4:10:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Football fans at Battle High School on Friday experienced Columbia Public Schools' new policy preventing kids from bringing... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 3:40:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MU students will pack Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Tigers during Saturday's SEC opener against South Carolina,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 3:38:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public School District is replacing all of its trash cans with a three-tier waste system in all... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 1:20:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman and her late husband, who was killed by the suspect in four... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 1:11:00 PM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas confirmed Mayor Brian Treece suggested he resign over what became a criminal... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 11:45:00 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police are urging people not to leave grenades "just lying around" after the... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 20 2019 Sep 20, 2019 Friday, September 20, 2019 11:23:32 AM CDT September 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
12pm 77°
1pm 77°
2pm 75°
3pm 74°