Study: 1 In 3 Kids Has Skills To Thrive As Adults

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A new national report says just one in three children has the necessary cognitive skills by third grade to become a successful adult.

The report is based on a long-term study of 13,000 kids who were in kindergarten 15 years ago. It found that 36 percent of third-graders were on track in cognitive knowledge and skills area, with worse results for low-income and minority kids.

Michigan tracks closely with the national average with 61 percent of low-income kids not enrolled in preschool.

The Kids Count in Michigan project says Michigan should consider boosting cash assistance, food stamps and child reimbursement to low-income families. Michigan significantly raised funding for a preschool program for disadvantaged 4-year-olds this year, but the Michigan League for Public Policy says funding for 0-3 programs is weak.


WILX.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 230471311