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Why the Preschool “Academic vs. Social-Emotional” Debate is Wrong

If you’re interested in early childhood education, family engagement, or children’s mental health, you need to pay attention to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association¬†(JAMA) this week.

The study is an evaluation of ParentCorps, an intervention program that trains preschool teachers to support children’s social emotional skills and implement an evidence-based social emotional curriculum, while also working with parents of preschool children.

The results are impressive: By¬†2nd grade, children who participated in ParentCorps had fewer mental health problems and better academic achievement than preschoolers who did not participate. I’ve been fortunate over the past few years to learn more about ParentCorps through my work with the Stranahan Foundation, one of several foundations supporting the model’s expansion in New York City preschool programs.

The JAMA study is important for several reasons:

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