Educational Leaders And Public Policymakers

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Research conducted from economist to neuroscientist, educational leaders and public policymakers have confirmed that early education matters. Studies like the High Scope/Perry, Abecedarian and Chicago Child- Parent Centers indicate that children who attended preschool were comparatively ahead in early reading and math skills (Barnett M. N., 2013). Similar studies have also revealed that depending upon various factors; such as preschool quality, social class and race, educational boost can continue through K-12 and well into adulthood. Various studies have shown that high-quality preschool saves schools and states money, and provide long-term benefits to children and communities (Magnuson, 2013; Heckman, 2010; Mead, 2012). A study conducted in 1995, by Betty Hart and Todd R. Riley, called the Million Word Gap, declared that by age 3 affluent children will have been exposed to 30 million more words than low income children. This was alarming research and has led to numerous investigations on preschool and earl learning. Despite the recent attention given to the importance of preschool, children are still entering Kindergarten under prepared (Mead, 2012) . Disproportionate access to high quality preschool is a rising public policy interest as indicated by an increase in state and federal investments in early childhood development and quality improvement initiatives (Miller, 2011).This paper seeks explore the following questions: what are the various types of preschool…
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