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Research Findings

A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics offers more proof that early care and education experiences are a critical part of future school success. Findings showed: 

  • Children who participated in regular early care and education arrangements the year prior to kindergarten scored higher on the reading and mathematics assessments than children who had no regular experience in early care and education the year prior to entering kindergarten.
  • Children who participated in regular early care and education arrangements the year prior to kindergarten scored higher on the fine motor skill assessments than children who had no regular early care and education the year prior to entering kindergarten.
  • About four out of five (83.2 percent) participated in a regular non-parental early care and education arrangement the year before kindergarten.