Knowledge Note

How can we help kids reach their full potential? Experts know that the first years of life are crucial to healthy development. And that’s just the start. Children need regular mental and physical stimulation—along with healthcare and proper nutrition—to keep their development on track. Preschool programs are a great way to give kids the educational building blocks to help them learn and prepare for primary school. But in low-income countries, parents don’t always have the opportunity: governments haven’t invested in preschools; private sector offerings may be too pricey or not close by; and parents may not understand the benefits. For policymakers and education experts, the questions are clear: Does it make sense to invest in preschool education and, if preschools are available, will parents use them and do children truly benefit from such programs?

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