State of Education looks at Topeka’s cradle through career successes, challenges
Katie Moore, Topeka Capital-Journal
November 28, 2018
"Last summer, the museum hosted Camp Kindergarten, a five-week program that simulated a kindergarten classroom. Mosier said an important component was that parents sat in on the classroom. Readiness is about more than a student knowing their letters and numbers, she said, and includes social and emotional development.
Before entering kindergarten, students from an impoverished home have a 30 million word gap, said Sarah Sharp, general director of early childhood and elementary education for Topeka Public Schools, meaning they are exposed to 30 million less words than a child from an affluent home.”