Neediest kids aren't in best preschools

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.

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  1. So, I guess we’ll just have to FORCE them to send their kids to pre-school then.

  2. SuperSub says:

    Well, preschools aren’t forced to take in any student that lives within a certain area, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the quality preschools take children from the most capable parents.
    Not that I’m supporting mandatory public preschool, just commenting about the need for this study.

    Although, this gets me thinking about schools in general… everyone always seems to comment that schools can be improved by bringing in more capable staff, more technology, or smaller classes, but what if the cold, hard truth is that the atmosphere of the overall school is mostly determined by its student population?
    If thats the case there’s nothing that the government can do to “fix” our schools short of removing the ones who don’t belong.


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