Positive Parenting: Closing the Learning Gap

Research finds kids who start school behind their peers often stay behind, but now social scientists are looking at ways parents can encourage an early love of learning to help kids reach their full potential when they enter the classroom.

Dr. Christina Padilla said, “So, kids who start behind in kindergarten even before they’ve even gotten to first grade if they start behind in kindergarten they tend to stay behind up until eighth grade, high school, and beyond.”

Researchers also found that head start participation was associated with higher math and reading scores compared to home-based learning, specifically for children of immigrants.

They say this suggests that early education programs that address the needs of immigrant children may be able to better prepare them for entry into school.

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