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Revving up Head Start: Lessons from recent research.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). For over 40 years, Head Start has been the nation’s largest comprehensive child development program for 3- and 4-year-old children in low-income families. Although it is frequently described as a compensatory education program, Head Start provides education, social, health, and nutritional services to children and their parents, in an attempt…

Two-way and monolingual English immersion in preschool education: An experimental comparison.


December 15, 2017 English Language Learners

By Barnett, W. S., Yarosz, D. J., Thomas, J., & Blanco, D. (2007). An experimental study was conducted comparing the effects of dual language, or two-way immersion (TWI) and monolingual English immersion (EI) preschool education programs on children’s learning. Three-and four-year old children were randomly assigned by lottery to either a newly established TWI Spanish/English program…

Preschool program improves cognitive control.


December 15, 2017 Quality and Curriculum

By Diamond, A., Barnett, W. S., Thomas, J., & Munro, S. (2007). Executive functions (EFs), also called cognitive control, are critical for success in school and life. Although EF skills are rarely taught, they can be. The Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum improves EFs in preschoolers in regular classrooms with regular teachers at minimal expense….

Benefits and costs of quality early childhood education.


December 15, 2017 Economics and FinanceSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Early childhood education is one of the most rapidly growing sectors in American education. The vast majority of states support some early childhood education programs apart from preschool special education (which every state mandates), and an increasing number of states are committed to providing every child a public education at age…

The importance of demographic, social, and political context for estimating policy impacts: Comment on “Implementing New York’s Universal Prekindergarten Program.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesState & Local

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Morrissey, Leikes, and Cochran (2007) raise concerns about potential negative effects of state pre-kindergarten (pre-K) on the early care and education system. To put their study in context, I reviewed national demographic and enrollment trends. I found little evidence of negative effects from state pre-K policy. One reason may be…

Why governments should invest in early education.


December 15, 2017 Economics and Finance

By Barnett, W. S. (2008). The fact that we can improve the learning, development, and life course of children through early educational investments does not mean that there is an economic rationale for such investments.  An  economic  case  for  such  investments  requires  estimates of  their  costs  and  benefits. Fortunately, three rigorous cost-benefit analyses have been…

An effectiveness-based evaluation of five state pre-kindergarten programs.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Wong, V. C., Cook, T. D., Barnett, W. S., & Jung, K. (2008). Since 1980, the number of state pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs has more than doubled, with 38 states enrolling more than one million children in 2006 alone. This study evaluates how five state pre-K programs affected children’s receptive vocabulary, math, and print awareness skills….

Educational effects of the Tools of the Mind curriculum: A randomized trial.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S., Jung, K., Yarosz, D. J., Thomas, J., Hornbeck, A., Stechuk, R., & Burns, S. (2008). The effectiveness of the Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum in improving the education of 3- and 4-year-old children was evaluated by means of a randomized trial. The Tools curriculum, based on the work of Vygotsky, focuses…

The effects of preschool education: What we know, how public policy is or is not aligned with the evidence base, and what we need to know


December 15, 2017 Outcomes

By Pianta, R. C., Barnett, W. S., Burchinal, M., & Thornburg, K. (2009). It is clear from decades of research that preschool education can have large and lasting positive effects on the lives of participants and can be of meaningful benefit to society. It is just as clear that what preschool can do when implemented under…

And a little child shall lead them—Economic recovery in 3 easy steps.


December 15, 2017 Economics and Finance

By Barnett, W. S. (2009).