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Early childhood education matters — here’s how to make it great

The Week – Dwyer Gunn

“By the time a low-income child enters kindergarten in America, they’re already woefully lagging their more advantaged peers  — 11 months behind in math and 13 months behind in reading, according to a recent report from the Center for American Progress. The figure from the CAP report — “How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?” — illustrates the gulf between both low- and high-income children and minority and white children. And those gaps only get wider as the years go on — to increasingly more significant effect. As James Heckman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist who has spent decades studying the effects of early childhood education, told the New York Times…”(more)

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