Apr 7, 2010 6:50 PM by Carolyn Cerda
Early education programs in Lafayette have filled-up quickly in the past, and the same is expected this year. The Picard Center at UL Lafayette researches Pre-K students in language, print and math. Their latest results show that students who attend these programs, not only get better test scores, but are less likely to be held back or be placed in special education.
Billy Stokes, Executive Director at the Picard Center, says, "While they come in on their pre test scoring in the range 5th to 10th percentile... by the time they receive this program for a whole year, they are at or above the national average."
Joan Daley has been the principal at Truman Montessori for 8 years. She says the programs have a good reputation. " I think that 4 year olds learn in an entirely different way than older children do and statistically it's showing good results."
If you'd like to enroll your child in a Pre-K program, registration will be held Thursday, April 8 at Truman Montessori from 8:30am-2:30pm. You can also contact the Lafayette Parish School Board for other options.