Early education helps prepare preschoolers for kindergarten — developmentally, academically, and socially — and also is associated with lasting positive outcomes. RAND research related to preschool children includes studies on early childhood development, effective preschool programs, child care quality, and the costs and benefits of investing in preschool education.
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The California Preschool Study sought to understand achievement gaps among the state's children, whether existing preschool education programs is adequate, and what efficiencies could be achieved through public funding of early childhood education.
Despite the central and growing role of digital technology for knowledge-based work, children in low-income families have relatively limited access to computer-based devices, software applications, and the Internet. “T” Is for Technology explores the potential for early childhood education to help narrow this digital divide.
The Delaware Stars for Early Success Evaluation assesses whether rating tiers reflect relevant differences in the quality of home- and center-based programs and whether the system is operating effectively.