In the study [Science journal] , researchers in England found that the benefits of attending a good preschool, including improved mathematic and reading ability and social skills, can last for several years and give children a leg up when they enter elementary school. For example, 10-year-olds who had attended a high-quality preschool -- a designation based on the researchers' observations -- scored 27% higher in math than those who had attended poor preschools. That may sound obvious, but the study follows a recent one that compared kids who attended preschool with those who didn't, with similar results.
Of course to the Twinkies here, reality and science mean nothing when they conflict with their prejudices.
Children enrolled in a full-time preschool program that sees them through elementary school have a better life 25 years later than children who were not in preschool do, University of Minnesota researchers report.
Children who went through preschool have higher incomes, higher education levels, a higher socioeconomic status and are less likely to abuse drugs or be involved in criminal activities, the investigators found. They are also more likely to have health insurance coverage.
"These effects haven't been found before for public programs, so the findings are encouraging to provide access to high-quality programs through public funding for kids at risk," said lead researcher Arthur J. Reynolds, a professor in the university's Institute of Child Development.
Preschool also seemed to be especially beneficial for males and children from high-risk or impoverished families.