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Quality child care aids success


March 5, 2003
OutcomesState & Local
Tim Simmons
The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

A study of Smart Start finds children in top preschools more ready for kindergarten

Children enrolled in quality child-care programs are better prepared for kindergarten than children who attend lower-quality centers, according to an evaluation of the Smart Start program released Tuesday by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in Chapel Hill. The report Tuesday largely confirmed earlier findings about the benefits of quality child-care centers, although it was the first time researchers measured whether quality centers that participated in the program specifically improved children’s chances for success in kindergarten.