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Gunnar discusses the life-long value of quality pre-k programs on MPR

Megan Gunnar
In a report broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on Tuesday, June 25, Megan Gunnar, Regents Professor and director at the Institute of Child Development, emphasized the value of quality pre-K programs, not only for their effect on later academic achievement, but also for their effect on the development of children's overall and life-long social and decision making skills. In the story, State pumps money into early education to close achievement gap, Gunnar also discusses the years of research that have pointed to other important information about the benefit of early education for children: "They were more likely to finish high school, they were more likely to get a job, they were less likely to be incarcerated," she said. According to the MPR report, the Minnesota Legislature has approved funding to provide free all-day kindergarten to students in all of Minnesota's 337 districts by fall of 2014.

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