Impact

Preschool Students Learn for Life

November 09, 2015
Preschool Students Learn for Life

This month’s spotlight program, Little Ones Preschool in Stone Mountain, Georgia, offers quality early childhood education at an affordable price to families who might not otherwise be able to access it. Preschool is essential for local families because it has a dramatic positive impact on children, both in the short term and for the rest of their lives.

Kids who attend preschool start kindergarten with better language, literacy, and math skills, according to a recent report from the Foundation for Child Development. And two years of preschool have a greater impact than just one, making multiyear programs like Little Ones especially beneficial in at-risk communities. The evidence further suggests that although all children benefit from preschool education, it has a bigger impact on the children of immigrants and refugees, such as those served by Little Ones.

The impacts of quality early childhood education are long term. Children who attend preschool are significantly more likely to graduate from high school than those who do not, as noted in one well-known study from the HighScope Educational Research Foundation. Other research from the University of Minnesota shows that preschool increases college attendance rates as well. Adults who attended preschool are also more likely to be employed, and they make more money during their careers than those who did not attend.

Preschool reduces negative outcomes, too—preschool kids are arrested for crimes at lower rates as adults and are less likely to use drugs. They also report fewer symptoms of depression. All these benefits help make quality early childhood education a good investment: For every dollar spent on preschool, between $11 and $16 returns to society.

Little Ones Preschool is working hard to create all of these positive changes for its young students. Consider making a donation to Little Ones to provide scholarships that help more young learners fulfill their potential. A gift of just $14 funds one day of quality early childhood education for a student.

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