Promoting Effective Early Learning

What Every Policymaker and Educator Should Know

Posted January 1, 2007
By National Center for Children in Poverty
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From the very start, impoverished preschoolers are behind in literacy and language skills compared to their better-off peers. But all is not lost. With comprehensive, ongoing early interventions it is possible to change the educational odds for low-income children. But it takes a concerted effort with a special curriculum and teacher training. The only way to guarantee all preschool programs deliver equally will take backing from policymakers and educators alike. 

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Key Takeaway

By 4 years old, children who live below the poverty line are already 18 months behind normal learning for their age group.

All children who are behind can make gains when they have teachers who know how to actively involve children in learning, have an intentional curriculm and have the appropriate supports.