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June 1, 2015 09:27 AM
Propelled by population growth and residential development, the neighborhoods surrounding Hopkins House’s three preschool academy campuses are rapidly changing along with the socioeconomic and racial composition of residents.  These changes are also impacting the socioeconomic and racial composition of the academy’s student body.

"Socioeconomic and racial diversity are one of the hallmarks of the Hopkins House experience," said President J. Glenn Hopkins.  "Parents choose Hopkins House for their children because of the richness of the cultures they experience through interaction with children and families of various races, ethnicities, and family incomes.  And, the positive impact on their children is palpable and enduring.

"There is lots of evidence, compiled over many years, that children enrolled in preschools with socioeconomically and racially diverse student bodies perform better in math and reading, for example."

A recent report by The Century Foundation and Poverty & Race Research Action Council found that "most children in public preschool programs attend economically segregated programs that are often segregated by race/ethnicity as well."  Based on a recent analysis of enrollment trends, Hopkins House officials are concerned that a similar trend may be emerging at the Preschool Academy, as the demographics of the communities surrounding its campuses change.  

The Hopkins House trustees have scheduled a special discussion of preschool academy enrollment diversity at their annual retreat on June 27.  The meeting will be open to preschool academy parents and the public.