Advocates are shying away from the politically loaded word “preschool,” instead pledging to build “a mixed-delivery system for parents with young children.”
State superintendent Sherri Ybarra touted the reading app as a free pre-K option “for all Idaho kids.” As of this month, only 343 students are on the app.
At least 81 school districts and 16 charter schools offer full-day kindergarten to at least some of their students. The state’s growing “literacy initiative” is covering some of the cost, but not all of it.
The research suggests pre-K advocates “should invest time and effort in other methods that might achieve the goal of school readiness,” Education Week reported Thursday.