Curry professor Daphna Bassok and a task force of other social scientists research pre-k program impact.
Earlier this week, a group of early-childhood researchers who are well-known in the field attempted to answer that question. In 'Puzzling It Out: The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects,' they offered a nuanced take on the value of prekindergarten through six 'consensus statements.'
According to the researchers, many different types of programs leave children more ready for school at the end of their prekindergarten year than other children who did not attend such programs. But prekindergarten alone cannot sustain those learning gains, they agree—strong elementary school programs are also important.