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Published November 01, 2012, 04:10 PM

Teachers Say Devils Lake Head Start Program Has Measurable Impact

Devils Lake teachers say studies show the district's Head Start program is helping students better prepare for Kindergarten and beyond.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Devils Lake teachers say studies show the district's Head Start program is helping students better prepare for Kindergarten and beyond.

The Head Start Pre-K program is in its third year. Students who went through the program have scored higher on reading and comprehension tests and those benefits last through third and fourth grade. The Devils Lake Pre-K program is unique in that it's funded directly by the Devils Lake School district and offers a full-time five day a week program for students. Teachers say the program offers more structured learning than other preschools. North Dakota is one of only ten states to not fund Pre-Kindergarten programs, which teachers say is the reason the Devils Lake program wasn't established until three years ago.

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