Preschool With Family Support Services
- This strategy can help address educational disparities, which the U.S. Department of Treasury has designated as an eligible use of SLFRF funds.
Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Center-based preschool programs provide a range of family support services
- Combination of high-quality early childhood education, parent education and training programs, home visiting, and other support services
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Outcomes and impact
- Increase academic achievement, particularly in children from low-income households
- Effects most strongly observed immediately after preschool but can last through schooling years
- Positive impact on parenting behaviors and family well-being
- Improves social-emotional development, may reduce social deviance and risky behaviors in adolescence
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Programs with a greater number of services tend to have better outcomes. Include several well-designed family support services such as home care, transportation, and health services.
- Programs with longer durations tend to produce stronger outcomes
- Include follow up programs that aid the child’s transition to kindergarten, primary, and even high school