This study examined the effects of state-funded, public school-based pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs on student outcomes in the early grades. Data from all the students who entered kindergarten in Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2006 and 2007 were analyzed. The results of a comparison between students who attended public school-based pre-K indicated there were advantages in attending pre-K. Those who attended pre-K had higher rates of promotion to first grade and lower school mobility rates. English learners (ELs) who attended pre-K had higher exit rates from EL status by first grade than those who started school in kindergarten. The authors discuss school stability between pre-K and kindergarten as possible mediating factors for their findings.
Early Childhood Education