by Tom Jacobs, Senior Staff Writer of Pacific Standard
A new study identifies a uniquely effective way to impart this foundational knowledge: immersion in the arts.
It reports low-income children who attended a Head Start program experienced a more robust rise in readiness if their program included daily music, dance, and visual arts classes.
The results "support the broad educational value of the arts," writes a research team led by psychologist Eleanor Brown of West Chester University. "Our findings indicate that the arts may hold value not only for art's sake, but also for advancing children's overall school readiness."