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Letter: Congratulations for Chokio-Alberta for four-star rating

I’d like to congratulate the Chokio-Alberta School District for the recent four-star Parent Aware rating of its preschool program. The school district volunteered to be a part of the Parent Aware rating system from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The star rating measures best practices identified by research that help children succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Nearly 50 percent of children in Minnesota begin kindergarten without all the skills necessary to succeed in school. This daunting gap in school preparedness costs the state approximately $860 million each year in unnecessary expenditures (special education, police, courts, prisons, health care, social services, income supports, etc.).

Star-rated programs like Chokio-Alberta’s mean the children they serve are receiving the best education for kindergarten preparedness.

Kudos to the Chokio-Alberta School District for its superior commitment to our littlest learners!