Study: Universal preschool improves students' skills

06/27/2008 | USA Today

School-readiness skills for low-income and middle-class students improved after the students attended a universal preschool program in Tulsa, Okla., according to a Georgetown University study of 3,500 Oklahoma kindergartners published Thursday in the journal Science. Those who participated outscored children who did not attend preschool or had enrolled in Head Start instead. "It seems to produce pretty big effects for all of the kids," said W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research.

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