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Study: Quality OH Preschool Key to Long-Term Academic Success

September 10, 2008

Columbus, OH - Finger painting, ABCs and story time may sound like just fun and games, but they are actually the building blocks of a bright academic future for Ohio's children. That's according to a new report released today by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

Study author Steve Barnett with the National Institute for Early Education Research says plenty of research shows the "power of preschool" - as long as it's a high-quality program.

"Good preschool education can produce lasting benefits for your child in terms of social and emotional development, cognitive development, and school success."

The study finds that increased public investment in preschool education should be focused on program designs that have been demonstrated to be highly effective, including those with smaller class sizes and with well-educated and adequately-paid teachers.

Barnett says well-designed preschool programs have been shown to raise student achievement test scores, and reduce the number of students who repeat a grade. Although all kids see benefits, those who get the biggest boost come from low-to-middle income families, and he says those families can rarely afford the best preschools.

"It does matter what the quality of the program is, so public funds to help parents to afford quality programs are critical."

Critics of preschool programs say children do best if they stay at home with their parents before they are of school age.

The full report is online at

Mary Kuhlman/Steve Powers, Public News Service - OH