Do you know which two skills most affect a child’s likelihood to obtain a future college degree? You might just be surprised! The results of the 19-year study published in the American Journal of Public Health can be found here. To complete the study, researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Duke University followed the same group of children from the time they were five years old until they were 25 years old. Researchers interviewed the children’s kindergarten teachers about each child’s social and emotional competence. This includes skills such as sharing, listening to others, being helpful, and resolving problems with peers. When the researchers followed up with these same individuals 19 years later, they discovered that the kids with the highest social and emotional competency in kindergarten fared better in life overall. They were more likely to have a college degree and a full time job. Children who demonstrated poor social and emotional competence at age five were much more likely to be facing addictions, a criminal record, legal trouble, and homelessness at age 25 years.
When asked how she felt about the article’s content, Village Preschool Director and Laughlin Children’s Center Academic Department Director, Karen Borland, wasn't surprised. She shared, “We at the Village Preschool at Laughlin Children’s Center say a big YES to the development of social and emotional competence!” She goes on to say, “The preschool experience is likely one of the first times a child is in a group setting, and learning how to share and get along with new classmates and teachers is a very big job for a three or four year old child. Learning to follow class rules, how to work cooperatively with a friend, and developing the language to solve a conflict puts a child on the pathway to developing life-long skills for being a productive citizen.”
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