In February, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization ad Education, gave testimony to the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Hearing on supporting children and families through high quality early education. At the hearing, Yoshikawa, presented research on the benefits of universal pre-school.
Among Yoshikawa’s findings:
- Large-scale public preschool programs have shown substantial impact on early children’s learning.
- Quality preschool education can benefit middle-class children as well as disadvantaged children; typically developing children as well as children with special needs; and dual language learnings as well as native speakers.
- Children benefit from a second year of preschool.
Yoshikawa currently serves on the Leadership Council and as the co-chair of the early childhood development and education workgroup of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the research and technical group advising the Secretary-General on the post-2015 global development goals. His recent books include Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (2011, Russell Sage), Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life and Child Development (2006, Russell Sage, with Thomas Weisner and Edward Lowe), and Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs (2008, Oxford University Press, with Marybeth Shinn).