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Pre-K Programs In Md. Get Praise

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By Kavitha Cardoza

A study by the Pew Center on the States is highlighting success in Maryland's Montgomery County Schools and pointing to the pre-kindergarten programs as a vital component.

The Pew Center's Marci Young says the study looked at a decade of data and found the extra time in school during Pre-K was critical to the district's success.

"What Montgomery County did was travel in reverse to its destination of college and career ready, by investing in Pre-K as a fundamental component of its education system. And it's paid off!," says Young.

Superintendent Jerry Weast says there are also economic gains, even though the program costs approximately 413 million in local and federal funds.

"It costs a lot less than the remediation you would give if you didn't get it right, it costs a lot less than if you would have them fail, it saves on social costs, on crime costs, and it costs us about the same as a kindergarten kid," she says.

The Pew Center is urging Congress to fund Pre-K programs across the country.

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