Q+A: Does Preschool Really Matter?

Q. What makes a quality program?

A. There are lots of ways to measure quality, and the ones we hear about most often are teacher-to-child ratio, an age-appropriate curriculum, an environment that isn't overly rigid, and a certain level of academic training for teachers. Certainly, those are important. But our research shows that it's even more important to have educators who really can connect with kids and provide them with academic and emotional support. Good preschool teachers are warm and sensitive. They talk to kids individually, give them feedback that stretches their thinking and learning, and work closely with them on mastering skills.

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