In this video, parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney discusses the benefits of attending preschool and guidelines for families who opt not to attend. She presents information about NAEYC accreditation and other things to look for when choosing a pr...
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Dr. Rene Hackney: I am Dr. Rene Hackney. I own and teach a Parenting Playgroups which has a Parent Resource Center in Alexandria, Virginia. We offer a wide range of parenting programs and play programs for children. I do have Masters in School Psychology and a PhD. in Developmental Psychology, along the way I trained at children's hospital and for the public schools. Female speaker: Is preschool necessary? Dr. Rene Hackney: It seems to be the American myth that preschool is a necessary thing. In the late 80s and early 90s there are a lot of studies that looked at the Head Start Programs and they found that children who were in Head Start Programs did significantly better at school entry than children who were not in Head Start Programs. But what they didn't take into account when they decided that preschool is necessary was that these were very low-income children and so it was specific to their population that if a child who's coming from a more impoverished background went to Head Start. They made significant gains versus other children in their same peer group. Those studies don't seem to hold true and the benefits seem to hold true for the middle class or the upper middle class where children who go after preschool. They tend to look about the same at school entry than children who don't have the preschool experience.

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