For a number of years scientific researchers in the U.S. have been studying the effects of high quality preschool (2½ to 5 year old children) education. Some of these results are surprising. They have found that while in kindergarten and first grade, those who have attended preschool may be ahead of others who have not received the benefit of pre-academic studies, by third grade this advantage ‘evens out’ and is not sustainable. So what is the value of quality education for young children?
These research findings indicate that adults who have experienced high quality preschool education are more likely to:
Complete higher levels of education,
Take home a bigger paycheck,
Be in better health,
Have more stable relationships,
And are less likely to commit a crime or be incarcerated.