Tulsa study offers more evidence of pre-K’s benefits into adulthoodSeptember 30, 2022 • Hechinger Report
Researchers at Georgetown University have been studying the impact of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s program for two decades.
In a new set of working papers, the researchers found long-term positive outcomes for children who were enrolled in preschool in 2005: Compared to their peers, the children who attended preschool were more likely to take advanced courses and graduate high school on time, more likely to enroll in a higher education program and more likely to vote in elections after turning 18. Most of the new findings have not yet been officially published or peer reviewed.
While the working papers focused on children who are now in their early 20s, additional research from Georgetown is tracking a group of Tulsa children who finished third grade last school year. Researchers found that the third graders who had attended preschool had stronger self-regulation skills and performed better in math.
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