According to Caroline Fitzpatrick, an assistant professor of psychology and lead author of a new study by scientists at Canada's Université de Montréal and Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia, it's been known for years that a good start in kindergarten leads to better academic achievement over the long-term. This research shows that solid basic skills will help our children succeed and have a healthier lifestyle when reaching adulthood. A benefit for all of society.

In addition, according to Linda Pagani, a professor at Université de Montréal's School of Psycho-Education, senior researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine pediatric hospital in Montreal, and senior author of the study, many children enter kindergarten inadequately prepared, lacking the adequate cognitive, social, and even motor skills, risking to struggle throughout their academic studies.

The Canadian study also showed that math skills seem to be particularly determining. "Kindergarten math skills contributed to better end-of high-school achievement and a lower dropout risk," said Fitzpatrick, adding that "Kindergarten classroom engagement also predicted involvement in physical activity and a 65-per-cent drop in the risk of a child being overweight by age 17."

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