In the Media

Time asks: In preschool, what matters more: 'Education' or play?

In New York City, a mother has sued a pricey preschool, saying it did not properly prepare her daughter for acceptance into a highly selective kindergarten because she played too much.

Kathleen Gallagher, clinical assistant professor and director of the child care program at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, says there’s little evidence that academic preparation during preschool years makes a difference for already privileged children.

There’s plenty of evidence, Gallagher said, that high-quality preschool experiences help poor, at-risk children.

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“These preschools that claim to get children into Ivy League schools ... would they get in anyway?" Gallagher said. "It's hard to tease this apart.”