How many of u commenting have had children go through the pre-k program. My daughter went to pre k and just graduated kindergarten. Prek is wonderful she is reading things far beyond kindergarten level. The effects may not last forever but it really give children a jump start. When the start pre k they can write all their abc's and know the sound of all the letters so they can sound out words. The testing standards for schools are much more than when we attended and every little bit helps.