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Study Shows Benefits of Quality Early Childhood Education

Magazine article Techniques

Study Shows Benefits of Quality Early Childhood Education

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It began in 1962, but the results are finally out. A landmark study indicates that the benefits of high-quality early childhood care and education reach far into adulthood-and those benefits extend to society as a whole.

The High/Scope Perry Preschool study, which was conducted by the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, documented a return to society of more than $17 for every tax dollar invested in the early care and education program. The study of the effects of high-quality early care and education on low-income three- and four-year-olds shows that, "adults at age 40 who participated in a preschool program in their early years have higher earnings, are more likely to hold a job, have committed fewer crimes, and are more likely to have graduated from high school."

"These findings can be expected of any Head Start, state preschool or child care program similar to the program High/Scope coordinated and then studied," says Larry Schweinhart, president of the High-Scope Educational Research Foundation. "Our teachers were well qualified, they served no more than eight children from low-income families at a time, they visited these families as part of the program to discuss their child's development, and the classes operated daily for children three and four years old. …

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