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ERIC Number: ED565359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov-12
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The School-Readiness Gap and Preschool Benefits for Children of Color
Ahmad, Farah Z.; Hamm, Katie
Center for American Progress
Hispanics are 17 percent of the population and African Americans make up another 13 percent. By 2043, the United States' population will be majority people of color. As the face of the nation changes, the nation's policies will need to change as well. While change is never easy, the place to start is where the change is already happening--investing in the nation's youngest citizens. Access to high-quality preschool is central to school readiness, and school readiness can significantly impact everything from reading at grade level to graduating high school to being career ready later in life. Children who attend a high-quality early learning program gain four months of learning, on average. Several state preschool evaluations have explored the impact of these programs on specific racial and ethnic groups, and this brief examines the findings of these studies for Hispanic, African American, and Asian American children, as well as for children for whom English is not the primary language in the home.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress