Study: Early childhood programs in NC reduce special education

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— Children enrolled in North Carolina’s state-supported early education programs have a reduced chance of being placed in special education by third grade, Duke University researchers say.

The findings suggest that state investment in quality early childhood programs can prevent costly special education later. The study is published Tuesday in the American Educational Research Association’s journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

The researchers, Clara Muschkin, Helen Ladd and Kenneth Dodge, analyzed data about North Carolina special education placement and children’s access to two early childhood programs – NC Pre-K, which provides preschool for at-risk 4-year-olds, and Smart Start, which provides child health and family services to children from birth to age 5. The study covered the period from 1995 to 2010.

Access to the state’s prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds (at the 2009 funding of $ 1,110 per child) reduced the likelihood of third-grade special education placements by 32 percent, and access to Smart Start reduced the odds by 10 percent. Researchers saw a 39 percent reduction in special educ……………. continues on News & Observer

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Scholarship schemes, girls’ education camps, clubs and other social interventions at the pre and basic school levels have helped to increase girls’ enrolment in the Central Region.

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The Regional Girls Education Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mrs. Nora Afful, who told the Ghana News Agency, in an interview, on Wednesday said apart from the interventions, the Unit also implemented a role model outreach programme in rural schools to encourage young girls to aspire to higher heights.

Mrs Afful said with the various interventions, a total of 57,537 girls were enrolled at the Kindergarten (KG) level; 143,232 at the primar……………. continues on spyghana.com

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