Preschool With Family Support Services

Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • 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.

Program basics

  • 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

Target population

Preschool-aged children

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

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

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