The children of low-income, poorly educated and Latino mothers benefit the most from preschool. But they’re the least likely to be enrolled in a high-quality preschool, a RAND study found.
Among children who could benefit the most from quality preschool, no more than 15 percent are enrolled in classrooms that meet quality benchmarks for instructional supports that promote higher-order thinking and language skills.
Children of educated, middle-class mothers are more likely to attend a quality preschool, the study found.
Two thirds of 4-year-olds in California attend a preschool or child care center.
On Early Stories, Liz Willen looks at a St. Louis summer kindergarten readiness program and New York City’s pre-k chaos.