Pre-K/Elementary School, the start of children’s formal education, is the springboard for future academic engagement and success.
Early experiences, including early relationships and learning environments, serve as the foundation for later educational and life outcomes. As noted by Plato, "the beginning is the most important part." Successful Pre-K/elementary school experiences are affected by contextual factors unique to each child and family, as well as the design of the child's learning environment. For that reason, Pre-K/elementary school programming is closely aligned with the core principles of safe, supportive learning environments and serves as a model for other education levels.