Lifetime Effects: The HighScope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40
HighScope Perry – 2005
This HighScope Perry study followed the lives of 123 at-risk children born in poverty. At ages 3 and 4, children were divided into two groups — one that received high-quality early education and another that received no preschool program. Now well into adulthood, the subjects were visited 40 years later. Additional information was compiled from school, social service and criminal records.
The comprehensive study found that children who had access to quality early education programs had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool.