The paper from the University of Marylands Melissa Kearney and Wellesley Colleges Phillip Levine finds that the show has left children more likely to stay at the appropriate grade level for their age, an effect that is particularly pronounced among boys, African Americans and children who grow up in disadvantaged areas. After Sesame Street was introduced, children living in places where its broadcast could be more readily received saw a 14 percent drop in their likelihood of being behind in school. Levine and Kearney note in their paper that a wide body of previous research has found that Head Start, the pre-kindergarten program for low-income Americans, delivers a similar benefit.In an age where we're constantly debating screen time and the quality of programming offered to our kids, it's reassuring to know the beloved classic we're passing to them is as enriching as we remember it be. Read the full article on the Washington Post: Study: Kids can learn as much from Sesame Street as from preschool - The Washington Post
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