It is well established that children who attend preschool before reaching school age do better in school. In South Korea, children from regular families typically begin attending preschool at age 2. However, due to lack of funding, Korean orphans are unable to attend preschool until they turn 4, when a government subsidy kicks in. Since late 2011, KKOOM has provided tuition for 2 and 3 year old Korean orphans to attend local preschools. Annual tuition for one child is approx. $4,000 USD.
Because most children from ordinary families begin attending preschool two years before most Korean orphans are able to, Korean orphan toddlers are significantly behind their peers by the time they turn 5. This gap persists for the remaining years of preschool and in to elementary school.
KKOOM provides access to early education for Korean orphan toddlers by paying their tuition to attend preschool at age 2--the same time when most other children in South Korea begin attending preschool. Rather than waiting until the orphan toddlers turn 4 to receive government funding for preschool, we can use donated funds to pay to send the children to preschool during years 2 and 3.
Sending orphan toddlers to preschool at the same time (age 2) as regular children will help eliminate the access to education gap between orphan toddlers and non-orphans and level the playing field when it comes to educational achievement in the classroom as they grow older.