Examining “Fade-Out”

This video, posted by the New America Foundation’s Early Ed Watch team, features a discussion about the “fade-out” phenomenon that has gotten a lot of media attention lately. Some research has found that the positive effects of high-quality early education only last through third grade and then fade-out. This research presents a contradiction to many studies that have found that children (especially low-income and minority children) who attended high-quality early ed programs benefited throughout school and into adulthood. So why have some researchers found these “fade-out” effects? New America Foundation argues that gains from early educational experiences build a solid foundation that must be built upon by high-quality elementary school experiences in order to last.

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