-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29 (HealthDay News) -- All children can benefit
from going to preschool, especially those who come from minority or
poor families or from homes where parents don't provide much mental
stimulation, a new study says.
The study included 1,200 identical and fraternal twins from 600
families who were followed from age 2 until they entered
kindergarten at age 5.
Overall, children who went to preschool did better once they
started kindergarten than those who didn't go to preschool,
according to the study, which was published in the journal
Going to preschool appeared to be particularly beneficial for
minority and poor children, and for those whose parents didn't play
with them in a way that stimulated the child's mental
The findings indicate "that children who are growing up in homes
that have fewer resources and lower-quality stimulation from
parents aren't being held back as much by their homes if they're
attending preschool," study author Elliot Tucker-Drob, of the
University of Texas at Austin, said in a journal news release.
Among children from wealthier families and homes with more
stimulating environments, there was no difference between those who
went to preschool and those who did not.
Tucker-Drob noted that the findings reflect average effects and
that many children thrive no matter what the conditions at home
The study is "in no way saying that poor parents are bad; it's
simply saying that there are these associations and, potentially,
one way to break this cycle is with preschools," he said.
The Nemours Foundation explains how parents can help children
adjust to preschool.
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