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Preschool Academic Skills Improve Only When Instruction is Good to Excellent

June 15, 2016

New research combining eight large child care studies reveals that preschools prepare children to succeed academically when teachers provide higher quality instruction. Margaret Burchinal, senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, led a research team whose findings have groundbreaking implications for publicly-funded early care and education. They found as the overall quality of instruction in preschool classrooms increases, children experience better outcomes across a range of skills, but the needle only moves on language and reading skills when instructional quality is at or above a threshold. Read More

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