As a county, we have historically struggled to offer high-quality pre-kindergarten opportunities. HEA helped bring together early childhood leaders across the county who designed a multi-year process to train 50 preschool educators in the “Tools of the Mind” curriculum, increasing kindergarten readiness for hundreds of preschoolers each year.
Tools of the Mind children made strong gains in readiness, especially in social and emotional development. Children from low-income homes made such dramatic gains that they were nearly as ready as children from affluent homes.
Tools of the Mind has been so successful in pre-kindergarten that our largest district adopted it for their kindergarten curriculum.