Narrowing the Education Gap Through Early Childhood Education

In a recent article for the Washington Post, Emma Brown (@emmersbrown) writes of how a study conducted by Stanford University professor, Sean Reardon (@seanfreardon) and MDRC’s Xiemena Portilla shows that low-income kindergartners have narrowed the academic gap with more affluent students.

Brown says that this narrowing in the education gap is especially surprising with the country continuing to experience increased income inequality.  

The story gives many possible reasons for the encouraging trend including low-income parents spending more time reading to their kids, as well as more and more lower-income parents taking their children on “enriching” trips to places such as zoos, and libraries.

But the article gives yet another possible reason for this trend. The growing popularity of early childhood education in the U.S.

“It might be that the nation’s increasing focus on and investments in early childhood education have given more low-income children a chance to go to preschool,” Reardon said.

We couldn’t agree more. Countless studies have shown the positive effects of early education on children and society as a whole. With increased support towards early childhood programs such as Wu Yee, more and more low-income families in San Francisco have been able to give their children the head start they need to better keep up with their more affluent peers.

We are proud of the work we do, and we will continue to work hard to achieve our mission to create opportunities for children to be healthy, for families to thrive, and for communities to be strong.

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