Kevin Drum writes about a study in Science on the long term effects of intensive pre-school intervention amongst at-risk children in Chicago:
The study group is a cohort of mostly African-American children born in 1979-80, and the followup study was done when they were 28 years old. Here’s the headline set of charts:
I haven’t fully read the Gluckman report into child development but he comes to similar conclusions: early childhood education has a massive impact on outcomes in later life. It’s obvious to me now that in terms of progressive left-wing policy, expanding the core responsibilities of the state to include universal pre-school education is the next big thing.