Volume 10, Issue 14

April 27, 2011

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The results of NIEER's annual survey of state-funded preschool were released yesterday in Washington, DC, where NIEER Co-Director Steve Barnett noted that the data showed that the recession is continuing to negatively impact state-funded pre-K programs. Joining Barnett at the release were Marci Young of Pre-K Now and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who said "We can't win the future by cheating children at the starting line."
 
Following the release, Steve Barnett and findings from The State of Preschool 2010: State Preschool Yearbook were featured in segments on both CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. "We should care about the drop in state investments in pre-K because pre-K can set the foundation for success. If we don't invest we have high rates of failure," Barnett told NBC's Tom Costello. Speaking with CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod about the impacts of two years of New Jersey's high-quality pre-K, Barnett said "The evidence is really clear, preschool makes a big difference. By itself it can cut school failure in half."
 
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