- “Children who have greater numbers of experiences in high-quality childcare from 6- to 54-months tend to show higher levels of reading and math achievement (averaged) across the elementary-school years” (Dearing et al., 2009).
- “High-quality childcare experiences can begin to mitigate the negative effects of poverty on children’s academic achievement” (Dearing et al., 2009).
- Education policies and programs that begin in the early years can bring higher return to investment than those directed to older children. In Uruguay, the return to investing in the expansion of pre-school services was calculated to be 14% and the cost-benefit ratio was higher than 2.2 (Vegas and Santibañez, 2010).
- “Although education policies are important, what happens in school is not enough to level the opportunities and reduce inequality” (Vegas and Santibañez, 2010).
Does Higher Quality Early Child Care Promote Low-Income Children’s Math and Reading Achievement in Middle Childhood? http://www.gse.harvard.edu/blog/uk/2009/11/high-quality-early-child-care-later-academic-success.html
The Promise of Early Childhood Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
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