Nap Time Boosts Learning, Studies Say
Some of the students who most need that time to rest may be less likely to get it, according to Peg Oliveira, the executive director of the Gesell Institute of Child Development, which studies early learning and school readiness.
Nap time "is a victim of the increased academic pressures in early-childhood classrooms," Oliveira said. "In schools that have the luxury of students who arrive in kindergarten ready for the demands of kindergarten, they feel they can relax a little bit and provide time for naps and play. But these tend to be more affluent [public] and private schools. ... The places that feel pressure to show academic gains for students feel they don't have the luxury to give kids these ... cognitive breaks."
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