Preschool Children

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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.

  • President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan with Vice President Kamala Harris looking on, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 11, 2021, photo by Tom Brenner/Reuters

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    Biden's Child Tax Credit Will Bring Lifetime of Improvement

    Apr 28, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan is expected to cut child poverty in the United States by more than 40 percent. The benefits are important to families today and could be compounded over the hundred years these children are expected to live.

  • A young girl reading with her grandmother, photo by Malek Hosni

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    From Day One: The Importance of Early Learning

    Feb 24, 2021

    RAND researchers Rita Karam and Gail Zellman discuss the importance of early childhood learning. This video features interviews with families and educators in the Middle East who have experienced the positive effects of engaging children in conversations and educational activities at home and in early childhood programs.

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