Where Dreams become a reality.
In California there is significant disparity between lower income children and children from higher income backgrounds. It is estimated that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds learn about 30 million words less than children from higher socio-economic backgrounds. The school readiness gap is real and it is alarming. By the time low incomechildren reach four years of age, many are already two to three years behind their higher income peers in vocabulary and social development; a gap that many never make up. At the League’s State Preschool Program, we focus on early literacy and pre-reading skills, pre-math and science skills. We strive to provide children with learning experiences that focus on all their developmental domains, including social and emotional development.
Where parents are empowered to Educate and Advocate
Decades of research show when parents are involved children have:
- Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
- Better school attendance- Increased motivation and self-esteem
- Lower rates of suspension
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
- Fewer instances of violent behavior
Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. In our State Preschool Program, parents are seen as partners and work with staff in developing a program that best meets their child’s needs. We take a holistic approach to student learning where parents are informed, involved, educated, and decision makers.
Where Teachers Make Learning Intentional, Exciting, and a Lifelong Journey
Teacher quality matters. It is the most important school-related factor that influences student achievement. The effects of well-prepared teachers on student achievement can outweigh student background factor including poverty, language, and minority status.
At the League, our teachers have been certified for their particular job titles by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The promise of early childhood education depends largely on the professional development and training of teachers in instructional and interaction skills, including pre-service and in-service teacher training that targets high quality interactions in classrooms, have the powerful potential to prepare children to enter school ready to learn.At the League, we strive to support high-quality coherent, and sustained professional development for our teachers. Our teachers are always learning and are providing children with high-quality early learning experiences.
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