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Updated on Jan 28, 2008

But, that will all take time. For now, academic researchers like Ramey and Fuller will analyze and interpret the data. For example, Fuller says he is particularly interested in looking at the characteristics in Asian families that make for such successful early childhood development. By the time the Asian children in this study were 4, their cognitive growth was already ahead of Caucasian children. “We do know that when parents create structured learning opportunities, it yields higher learning curves for young children and we want to look at that further,” Fuller says.

Another major theme in the study which Fuller hopes to pick apart is the importance of the type of care children receive. About 80 percent of the children studied in the ECLS-B received care from someone other than a parent on a regular basis: 45 percent were in a center-based setting; 13 percent were in a Head Start setting; 13 percent were in a home-based relative care setting; and 8 percent were in a home-based non-relative care setting. Which of those options yielded the best test results? Researchers hope to find an answer embedded in the data, and everyone involved in the field of education hopes it will help inform decisions on early education programs.

In the meantime, parents, research your child's early education options through your state's childcare resource and referral agency. And, of course, stay tuned: the field of education research is buzzing, and this study is sure to spark debate.

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