Quality PreSchool programs significantly reduce the number of referrals to special education

Research shows quality preschool programs, like We Can Early Learning Curriculum, significantly reduce referrals to special education and virtually eliminate the learning gap for children from low-income families.

We Can Research Foundation

We Can prepares all children for success in kindergarten and beyond


We Can Student

Differentiation Strategies in Every Lesson for


  • English language learners
  • Older or younger students based on level of need
  • Special needs students
  • American Sign Language used for multilingual students

Purposeful Instructional Design


  • Consistent design throughout to maximize learning
  • Interactive lessons engage and maintain student attention
  • Support classroom management

Easy to Implement


  • Developed for and by teachers
  • Extensive field test to ensure easy of implementation
  • Planning and instructional tools supports unit, weekly, and daily levels

Embedded Assessment for Progress Monitoring


  • Integrates assessment with instruction
  • Multiple opportunities for teachers to observe children to identify capabilities and needs
  • Benchmark assessments at beginning, middle and end of the year
  • Ongoing assessments measure student growth and mastery of content
Embedded Assessment for Monitoring
We Can Granite Schools Results

Achievement gap virtually eliminated for low-income students who participated in the We Can program in Granite Public Schools, Utah.

Granite School District’s Voices for Utah’s Children conducted a longitudinal study of 4-year-old students in 11 schools most impacted by poverty in the district. Of the 737 at-risk students in the study, only seven were referred for special education services. The achievement gap went from 22 to 5 percentage points in language arts and 28 to 2 percentage points in math.

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