High-quality preschool helps kids

Well-designed preschool programs — those with well-trained, adequately paid teachers and small classes — “produce long-term improvements in school success, including higher achievement test
scores, lower rates of grade repetition and special education, and higher
educational attainment,” concludes a study by W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. While children from all backgrounds benefit, low-income children benefit the most, Barnett concluded.

Preschool quality varies enormously. The most effective programs are the most intensive and the most expensive. However, high-quality programs pay for themselves in reduced costs as children grow up, Barnett found.

Half of kindergartners aren’t prepared for school in San Francisco, a new study has found. The prepared students tend to be older girls with educated mothers, no special needs and preschool experience. The Mom factor outweighs everything else. Some 72 percent of San Francisco kindergartners attended preschool.

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