Category: David Rabin

Kindergarten Readiness: Closing the Town’s Achievement Gap Through Preschool Instructional Coaching

Every year, scores of Greenwich children begin kindergarten at a distinct, quantifiable disadvantage from their classmates. Though all Greenwich residents are entitled to the privilege that is our impressive public school system, many do not have access to high-quality early childhood/preschool education that sets them up for long-term academic success. Because of this they are more likely to spend the entirety of their elementary education trying to catch up to their classmates. As a community, shouldn’t we ensure every child in town has the opportunity to start kindergarten on a level playing field?

Closing the Town’s Achievement Gap Through “Greenwich Parents as Teachers”

Achievement gaps occur when one group of students outperforms another and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant. The Greenwich United Way developed GPAT to tackle this inequity specifically. For the last three years, the organization has been hard at work developing and implementing a program that aims to close this gap – Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS). It is a two-pronged approach consisting of a pre-natal to three years old portion – Greenwich Parents as Teachers (GPAT) – and the Pre-School Instructional Coaching (PSIC) prong for 4- and 5-year-olds. A high-quality, evidence-based program like GPAT makes it possible to overcome the achievement gap that students may begin their academics with.
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