At the National Title I Conference this week in San Diego, district representatives will present a breakout session on how Washington County closed its early education gap by opening 12 Title I preschools. The session titled, "Early Intervention: Closing the Academic Gap Before Kindergarten," will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Room 10 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Research showed low-income children were entering kindergarten in Washington County School District already behind their peers. District representatives Brittany Nelson, Kathleen Petersen, and Bonnie VanAusdal will share how, in just a three-year period, their district grew its number of Title I preschools from two to 12 and used early learning curriculum, including computer-based programs like Waterford Early Reading, to close that achievement gap before kindergarten.
"Washington County School District is an excellent example of why closing the academic gap before kindergarten is fundamental to the short- and long-term success of a child's education," said Dr. Benjamin Heuston, president of Waterford Institute, a nonprofit research center that develops personalized early education curriculum and programs. "We're proud that through our reading program we've been able to work with WCSD to help academically assist over 600 lower-income pre-K students."