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Learning In Mixed Company


October 19, 2002
AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Carolyn Moreau
Hartford Courant

Study Shows Low-Income Preschoolers Learn Better, Faster Alongside More Affluent Peers

A new study by St. Joseph College in West Hartford has found that low-income children attending preschool alongside more affluent children learned vocabulary and language skills six times faster than if they were schooled exclusively with other low-income children. Preschool is often cited as the best way to help low-income children catch up to their middle-income peers, but now it seems the most progress is made when children from different economic backgrounds are put in the same classrooms.