Here’s the bottom line: Children of parents who attended a high-quality preschool program in the 1960s were better educated, healthier, better employed and more likely to stay stably married, especially if they were boys born to preschool-educated fathers.
Nearly 60 years ago, a study began of 3- and 4-year-old black children living in the Detroit area and attending the Perry Preschool Project. Initially, researchers noticed an uptick in the children’s IQ scores but, as broader, subsequent studies have shown, this was a short-term gain for all children.
Good thing researchers carried on to evaluate overall success in later years based on such things as graduation rates, job retention, physical health, and healthy relationships. Perry Preschool children did better on all of these measures than a randomly selected group of their peers who did not attend the preschool.
Fast-forward to 2019. Recent findings indicate that the children of the now 50- to 55-year old Perry participants reaped the same benefits!