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Document Number: 9619

Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications - This paper from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) reviews the literature on the lasting effects of early education. Among the three types of early childhood programs reviewed -- child care, Head Start, and state- or locally-funded pre-k -- the paper finds that child care has the lowest impact on children in terms of cognitive gains. There is evidence, mostly from programs that serve low-income children, that Head Start and pre-k programs have more long-term benefits for children, such as higher graduation rates and fewer arrests as juveniles and adults. The paper also presents evidence from international studies and programs that serve infants and toddlers. (Education Policy Research Unit, September 2008)...

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