ERIC Number: ED489457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Children at Risk: Consequences for School Readiness and Beyond. Research Brief
Parents, policymakers, business leaders, and the general public increasingly recognize the importance of the first few years in the life of a child for promoting healthy physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. Yet many children face deficiencies in the years leading up to school entry in terms of emotional support, intellectual stimulation, or access to resources--due to low income or other factors--that can impede their ability to develop to their fullest potential. As part of a recent study to examine the role of early childhood interventions, RAND researchers identified what is known from the research literature about the number of children at risk of school failure and the consequences for their performance in school and subsequent life outcomes. The authors summarize those findings in this document. A companion research brief highlights the study's findings with respect to the role that high quality early intervention programs can play in compensating for early disadvantages. By providing additional supports for the parents, children, or the family as a whole, investments in early intervention programs can alter a child's developmental trajectory during the school age years and beyond. The changes associated with effective programs can generate lifelong benefits for the participating child and further economic benefits for society as a whole that can more than repay the upfront investment. [This research brief describes work for RAND Labor and Population documented in "Early Childhood Interventions: Proven Results, Future Promise" (see ED489459).]
Descriptors: School Readiness, Intellectual Development, Early Intervention, High Risk Students, Child Development, Disadvantaged Youth, Low Achievement, Poverty
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.