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Life Course Effects of the Lanham Preschools: What the First Government Preschool Effort Can Tell Us About Universal Early Care and Education Today

Old image of teacher with students (1940's)

Long-term impacts from the first universal, publicly funded preschool program in the United States during World War II support contemporary efforts to expand funding for today’s early learning environments, focus on social emotional as well as academic development, and attention to increasing preschool quality. Preschool exposure led to better high school academic outcomes for men and potentially higher income 11 years after high school graduation and negative effects on calmness in high school for women.

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