If you think preschool is just fun and games for 3 and 4-year-olds, think again. Woven into the stories and songs are the basics of language and math. So what happens when a preschooler misses class regularly?
Arya Ansari is an expert in early childhood education. He and his colleagues examined data from 2,800 students from low-income households enrolled in head start programs.
"What we found was that children missed an average of roughly 8 days over the course of a school year and approximately 12% of children were chronically absent," he says.
Chronically absent students missed at least 10 percent of the school year – or 22 days. These students were measured to have made fewer gains in language, literacy and math at the end of the school year. In addition to full attendance, experts say parental engagement at home like reading books and playing games can help build the foundation they’re missing when they are not at school.
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