Readying Kentucky kids for kindergarten

Kathlyn Burkhardt, superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, published a guest opinion column in The Cincinnati Enquirer Aug. 6.

"We are very excited to welcome students back to school next week. However, 90 percent of a child's brain is developed by age 3, and 50 percent of children entering kindergarten in Kentucky last year were not ready to learn.

"That's why community partners have come together in Northern Kentucky to make a difference. Together we are launching an initiative to provide access to high-quality early learning for all 3- and 4-year-olds in our region. This initiative, Pre-K Works, is powered by Skyward, United Way's Success by 6 and Erlanger-Elsmere Schools. It has been a year in the making. We believe it can be a model for Kentucky."

Read Burkhardt's full Cincinnati Enquirer guest column here.
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