Daphna Bassok, assistant director of EdPolicysWorks and professor at Curry, has prek research cited in new Education Week article.
New data show that a growing percentage of children, especially children from well-off households, attend center-based care in the year before they attend kindergarten. In fact, only 21 percent of children now spend the year before kindergarten in parent-only care, though that percentage jumps to 35 percent among children from lower-income families.
The report, which was produced by a think tank, American Institutes for Research (AIR), for the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) based on a broad sample of children entering kindergarten, also shows that center-based care provides children with a boost in math and reading skills. That phenomenon is documented separately by Daphna Bassok at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education in the latest issue of 'Child Development.'