We live in a society that prepares children for the long haul of public school at a very young age. This is what is called preschool. Researchers found that a large percent of children that did attend preschool were much more disciplined then those that did not. However, academically it appears that most of the children that went to preschool were not just the same but under preformed compared to those that did not attend. For the most part whatever gains were gathered early in kindergarten, were erased over the course of the year. Apparently, other life experiences come into play that can drown out preschool gains.
- Attending preschool boosts young children’s math, literacy skills, but peers catch up in kindergarten, study finds.
- The researchers studied 2,581 children enrolled in kindergarten in a large, ethnically diverse county.
- These differences in progress during kindergarten were not uniform across the board but varied by skillset.
“For example, for children who did not attend preschool, approximately 80% of the difference in scores for literacy skills was erased over the course of the academic year, but this was the case for only 55% of the difference in math skills and 45% of the difference in vocabulary and general knowledge skills.”