Summer Pre-K Shows Great Promise

As state and national leaders debate the merit and feasibility of expanding pre-kindergarten programs–widely considered instrumental in leveling the playing field for lower-income children starting school–Assistant Professor of Psychology Anna Shusterman wrote an op-ed in The Hartford Courant about a summer pilot program launched last year in Middletown, which could be a model for the nation. This intensive, research-based program gave 13 children a measurable boost in kindergarten readiness in just five weeks on a shoestring budget.