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When Kindergarten Is Too Late: Achievement Gap Begins at 3 Years Old

At PUSD, Early Childhood Education brings a rich menu of age-appropriate offerings for young children and their families.
From foreign language immersions to field trips and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities, families can access a huge selection of programs, open to anyone within and outside our community.
For decades, families have relied on K-12 programs to ensure their children have equal opportunities from the “get-go.” But research shows that might be too late.
What’s the difference between high-achieving adults and those who are behind academically, socially and economically? Despite many variables, researchers have identified a common turning point: development gaps starting at just 3 years old — even before kindergarten.
What happens when early learning is put “on hold” until kindergarten? In the short term, families might notice their child is struggling with fine motor skills, socializing and learning new concepts. Long term, data shows those early development delays can show up as socioeconomic hardship. It’s why early childhood development programs are critical.
To be clear, early learning differs sharply from daycare or conventional preschool programs. While the latter relies on untrained caregivers focused on keeping children safe and entertained, early learning professionals focus on nurturing critical learning skills, without sacrificing play or individual child needs. At Pasadena Unified School District, 90% of early childhood education teachers have a bachelor’s degree in human development and are trained in anti-bias care.
Tours and registration are available year-round. Come see for yourself why forward-thinking families choose Early Childhood Education at PUSD as a launchpad for their children. Book your tour now at, or (626) 396-5762.

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