Early education linked to living standards

Early education that is of a high quality can have a positive effect on adulthood, new research has shown. Arthur Reynolds, co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative and Professor of Child Development, alongside Judy Temple, a Professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, found such learning can result in improved living standards later in life.

Published in the journal Science, the study revealed individuals who have been involved in an early childhood programme from the age of three were more likely to achieve better academic results, higher socioeconomical status and more job skills.

These people also showed lower rates of substance abuse and incidents of arrest.

Mr Reynolds commented: "A chain of positive influences initiated by large advantages in school readiness and parent involvement leads to better school performance and enrolment in higher quality schools."

The findings come after a recent article published in the American Social Review found that a child's social skills can be adversely affected if his or her parents go through a divorce.