Online preschool: Does it work?

In Mississippi, where only four percent of four-year olds are covered by state-funded preschool, free online curricula offer an enticing opportunity. UPSTART, one of these programs, provides complementary training for parents and access to a computer that might not otherwise be available. Critics warn of the effects of increased screen time and decreased social interaction, but advocates still see a few hours on the computer as a better alternative to no kindergarten readiness preparation at all.

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