Preschool Decreases the Odds of Developing Addiction Problems

Preschool Decreases the Odds of Developing Addiction Problems

An encouraging study recently published in Science Magazine indicates that children who attend high-quality preschool programs are less likely to develop addiction problems in adult life.  The study also demonstrated lower levels of crime and an increased likelihood of attending college among those who attended preschool.

The study tracked over 1500 children of preschool age into their late twenties.  Focusing on low-income neighborhoods in Chicago, the study consistently showed that the young adults who attended preschool were nearly 30 percent less likely to develop drug or alcohol problems.

The authors of the study feel that strong preschool programs, which employ high-level teachers and encourage parent involvement, significantly influenced the study’s results, stating that higher quality preschool programs support a level of stability that positively impacts child development, and consequently, long-term behaviors.

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