“The most eye-popping effects the researchers find are on high school graduation and college enrollment rates. The kids who got accepted into preschool ended up having a high-school graduation rate of 70% — six percentage points higher than the kids who were denied preschool, who saw a graduation rate of only 64%. And 54% of the preschoolers ended up going to college after they graduated — eight percentage points higher than their counterparts who didn’t go to preschool.” From NPR’s recent article excerpted from Planet Money’s newsletter.
Please read more about a great accidental experiment in the Boston city school system which further supports the importance of quality early childhood programs–especially for low income children. A Stepping Stone Foundation has been providing these high quality early childhood development services for more than 30 years!