Universal pre-k improves kids' health in a hidden, powerful way, according to a new study

New York City is in the middle of a major initiative to improve the lives of children: universal pre-kindergarten.

The city, home to the largest school district in America, started an aggressive expansion of its pre-k program in 2014, based on a body of research that suggests pre-k can be a powerful, cost-effective way to give kids a skills boost as they enter the education system.

Any eligible four-year-old in NYC can now attend free, full-day pre-k. And that means all the kids going to pre-k now are spending their days in radically different ways than their peers born just a few years earlier.

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