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Report Finds Early Learning Centers Boost Student Progress

01/17/11

A new report released by the Maryland Department of Education found that kindergarten students who previously attended Judy Centers were more likely to be fully prepared to enter kindergarten than their peers who did not. The 25 Judy Centers offer early education programs and partner with the community to provide support services to young children and their families. Former Judy Center attendees also continued to outrank their peers throughout the year.

The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Education Enhancement Program, better known as simply Judy Centers, typically offer services 10-12 hours a day. The centers have been in operation for the past ten years. The Centers want to ensure that all young people, even those who are disadvantaged due to limited English, poverty, or other special education needs, are fully prepared when they enter kindergarten.

Congressman Hoyer of Maryland, inspired by the success of the Judy Centers and the new results of the study, is planning to introduce legislation in the House of Representatives that will expand the use of full-service education. Congressman Hoyer wants to see the expansion of wraparound services for children, stating that "Classroom education is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to ensuring that all children succeed." Read the press release by the Maryland Department of Education here.

For more information about Maryland’s Judy Center programs, click here. For complete results of the study, click here.


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