Universal high-quality preK could close the achievement gap at age 5

Monday, January 6, 2014

Providing high-quality early childhood education to all American children from birth to age three has the potential to close the achievement gap between high- and low-income kids at ages three and five, according to new research by Greg J. Duncan and Aaron J. Sojourner. It would also likely cut the achievement gap in half for children at age eight.

To find these results, Duncan and Sojourner analyzed data from the Infant Health and Development program, which offered free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education to a randomly chosen group of kids ages one to three in eight sites across the country.

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