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Most preemies ready for kindergarten on time

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Some encouraging news for preemies and their families.

Not all, but most premature babies, including the ones born very early, are ready to begin kindergarten on time and perform as well as full-termers in elementary and middle school.

That's according to a study by Northwestern University researchers on babies born in Florida from 1992 to 2002.

Of babies born in the 23 to 24 week window, 65% were considered kindergarten-ready on time, which is not too far off the 85% rate for full-term babies.

The discouraging part, close to 34% of extremely premature kids were ranked as low academic performers by Florida's testing, compared to about 6% of full term babies. But that still means about two thirds are in the normal range.