Magazine article Work & Family Life

British Research Shows Preschool Benefits

Magazine article Work & Family Life

British Research Shows Preschool Benefits

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New research shows that a high quality preschool experience is a good predictor of future academic success for kids from both middle- and low-income families. The findings from a large U.K. study refute the notion that the only children who benefit from preschool are those from low-income families

In their study of 3,000 kids from l4l preschools, Professor Edward Melhuish and his colleagues in human development at the University of London found that the 10-year-olds who had attended high-quality preschools scored 27 percent higher in math skills and performed better in other subjects compared to their peers who attended a low-quality preschool or none at all.

A good preschool offers learning opportunities over and above what most homes can provide, Melhuish suggests. A big plus is that children's ability to work independently improves significantly as a result of preschool - and this is a high predictor of later academic success. In addition to studying the effects of preschool, the research also evaluated the influence of home environments and the effectiveness of pre-K and primary school on children's development. …

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