A child-focused classroom education program is helping children improve their reading, reading comprehension and math skills, a new study says.
In a study published in the journal Child Development, researchers found that a child-centric education program led to improved reading comprehension, reading and math scores for about 60% of preschoolers.
The study found that students were able to read books on a second reading level that were about 10% to 20% slower than the first reading level.
The students also had significantly better math scores.
Researchers noted that the children were also able to make “positive and lasting improvements in reading comprehension.”
The findings are the first to show that children who attended a child focused classroom program were more likely to learn reading and language skills that would later be important for reading, the researchers wrote.
Child-focused programs, which are offered by preschools, elementary schools, middle schools and universities, are designed to provide the same kind of experience to children from the beginning of preschool to grade 5.
They usually focus on reading, writing and math.
A study published last year by the National Center for Learning Disabilities found that preschoolers who attended child-centered preschool programs were also more likely than those who did not attend to be reading at a level that was higher than their peers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20% of children are reading at grade level or below.
“In addition to being an excellent resource for preschoolers, the child-based programs offer critical support and opportunities for lifelong learning,” said Amy G. Shaver, co-director of the National Child and Family Center at the University of Chicago.
“Children’s reading, language and math outcomes are important in establishing lifelong learning skills, and child-centred programs are a critical part of achieving that goal.”