Can universal preschool close the achievement gap?

02/13/2013 | Washington Post, The

The call for universal preschool in President Barack Obama's address Tuesday highlights increased research into child development and indications the achievement gap exists among children as young as age 3. Nine states and the District of Columbia fund universal prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds, and most states fund some preschool for low-income families. "The way you measure the benefits are not necessarily in grades or better test scores, but really those kids seem to do better as adults," said Dr. Tracy King, a pediatrician and instructor at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore.

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