Publication Date: December 2005
Publisher: National Institute for Early Education Research
Author(s): Kwanghee Jung; W. Steven Barnett; Cynthia Lamy
Research Area: Education
Keywords: early education; state-funded programs ; low-income families
Coverage: United States
This study estimated the effects of five state-funded preschool programs on entering kindergartner’s academic skills using a rigorous research design. Receptive vocabulary, early literacy and math skills were assessed in a sample of 5,071 children from Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The study found that these state-funded preschool programs have statistically significant and meaningful impacts on children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development, with some evidence of an enhanced program effect for print awareness skills for children in low-income families.
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