Pre-School: It's Not Babysitting Anymore

Oct 30, 2019

Jenna Conway, Virginia’s first Chief Readiness Officer.
Credit Sandy Hausman / Virginia Public Radio

A statewide study recently found that 40 percent of Virginia’s 5-year-olds were not ready for kindergarten.  Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, and First Lady Pamela Northam, a teacher, knew some of those kids would fall behind in school and never catch up.  That’s one reason why the state hired a chief school readiness officer and launched a 10-million dollar program to study and fix the problem.  Virginia Public Radio’s Sandy Hausman reports.