WHYY/ Newsworks (Philadelphia): Study shows pre-kindergarten attendance creates healthier adults
by Taunya English
“Advocates for pre-kindergarten programs have some new evidence to sell the importance of early education.
A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina shows links between pre-kindergarten enrollment and adult health.
Anne Gemmell, field director for the coalition PreK for PA, said she wasn’t surprised to learn about the health benefits even decades later.
“It’s beyond reading, it’s beyond math. It’s about making good life decisions,” Gemmell said. “High-quality pre-K can also reduce the effects of toxic stress from abuse and neglect.”