Here & Now Here & Now

Support the news

Pre-K Study In Tennessee Shows Early Gains Wear Off03:46
Download

Play
Children at Scripps Ranch KinderCare in San Diego play in their classroom on October 1, 2013 in San Diego, CA. (Robert Benson/Getty Images for Knowledge Universe)
Children at Scripps Ranch KinderCare in San Diego play in their classroom on October 1, 2013 in San Diego, CA. (Robert Benson/Getty Images for Knowledge Universe)
This article is more than 5 years old.

A new study out of Vanderbilt University has some surprising findings: children from low-income families benefit significantly from Tennessee's pre-kindergarten programs at first, but those gains wear off by the end of third grade. Researchers also found that students who did not attend pre-K quickly caught up to the students who did attend pre-K.

The study raises questions about the efficacy of Tennessee's pre-K programs, which were widely expanded in 2005. Dale Farran, a professor at Vanderbilt and co-investigator of the study, discusses the findings with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson.

Guest

  • Dale Farran, professor in the Departments of Teaching and Learning, and Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.

This segment aired on September 29, 2015.

Support the news

Support the news