Mayor Deblasio’s plan for universal preschool at 4 years old is a great start but it does not go far enough.
By paul f renda
Recent research has indicated that African American males start falling behind at 2 years of age, universal preschool must begin at 2 years of age.
From the article “Will Black Male Achievement Programs Help Bridge The Gap?”
Iheoma Iruka, Researcher at The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, evaluates the disparities in Black boys as they emerge.
“It’s hard to assess kids in their early years, but as early as 24 months, a gap in cognitive development begins to emerge,” she said. This means that by the time Black boys reach the age of two, they are already behind white males of the same age when it comes to things like responding to orders and language development”.
More information can be found at” http://fpg.unc.edu/projects”
Conservatives will argue that preschool does not increase IQ (which is correct), however students that attended preschool are less likely to end up in the cradle to prison pipeline. PRESCHOOL AT 2 YEARS OF AGE WILL SAVE LIVES.