By Christina Samuels. Cross-posted from Early Years. Three and 4-year-olds who went through a seven-hour-a-day preschool program demonstrated higher scores on tests of social-emotional skills, language, math, and physical development than young children who attended a program for three hours a day, according to a study released Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Assocation. The children in the longer program also had higher rates of daily attendance, and lower rates of chronic absences, said Arthur J. Reynolds, the study's lead author and the co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative, a partnership of the University of Minnesota and ...
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