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Nationwide high-quality, universal pre-K could significantly reduce achievement gaps

April 12, 2016
AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Aaron Loewenberg

What would happen if the United States established a universal, high-quality pre-K program for all four-year-olds? While the establishment of such a program would be a massive undertaking and is unlikely to become an immediate reality, it’s worth engaging in this sort of thought experiment in an effort to understand the effects such a nationwide program might have. In a new report commissioned by the Center for American Progress, researchers at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) seek to discern the effects that a high-quality, nationwide pre-K program for four-year-olds would have on the country’s youngest learners.