Can Pre-K Help Students, Even If They Don’t Attend?
April 16, 2019
By: Matt Barnum
A few years after South Carolina expanded access to preschool programs, students’ test scores in elementary school jumped.
But the increase contained something of a mystery. Only students from low-income families were eligible for the new pre-kindergarten program. Scores, though, climbed across the board, including for students from more affluent families.
The study underscores the effect that individual students can have on entire classrooms and schools, and the potential benefits of programs that prepare kids for elementary school.