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The lasting effects of early childhood education on promoting the skills and social mobility of disadvantaged African Americans


This paper analyzes newly collected data on the original participants of the pioneering Perry Preschool Project (PPP) through age 54 and on their children into their mid-twenties. The program aimed to promote social mobility of disadvantaged African-American children. It has substantial intergenerational multiplier effects and improves social mobility on a number of dimensions. Gains in cognition are sustained through age 54, contradicting claims about cognitive fadeout in the treatment effects of early childhood programs. Enriched early childhood education programs are promising vehicles for promoting social mobility. (author abstract)

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United States

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