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Opinion: Strong Families, Strong Young Minds


November 27, 2002 Economics and Finance
David S. Broder

The Abecedarian Project was expensive, as preschool programs go — $13,000 per child, about twice the cost of the average Head Start program. But it paid off in multiples, the researchers said.

The Preschool Push


November 26, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Cheryl Wetzstein

[P]owerful voices are now urging the United States to create government-funded preschool programs that are free to all children. With preschool fees prohibitive for many families, advocates say publicly funded preschools — like France’s “ecole maternelle” — would be an excellent way to engage all children.

Comment: Tales Out of Preschool


November 25, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Rebecca Mead

The provision of decent universal preschool education may seem like a pipe dream, but a study released last week by the National Institute for Early Education Research points out the economic benefits of providing high-quality, year-round, full-time programs. “Such programs pay for themselves, and then some,” Leonard Masse, a co-author of the report, says.

Stille introduces pre-school bill


November 25, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

State Sen. Leon Stille, R-Grand Haven, has proposed legislation that would create a new learning program for Michigan’s pre-schoolers. It would be provided to all Michigan 4-year-olds without reducing funding for existing education, health and child development programs by the 2006 school year.

Study Touts Benefits of Quality Programs


November 24, 2002 Economics and Finance
Diane E. Lewis

The National Institute for Early Education Research reports that every dollar spent on high-quality, full-day and year-round day care or preschool for young children generates a $4 return to the children, their families, and taxpayers. Released last week, the study found that top quality child-care programs allow mothers to work at better-paying jobs, leading to…

Opinion: Dropout rate should worry us all


November 22, 2002

[T]oo many children enter school ill-prepared, and fail to ever catch up. That’s why it is imperative that the state continue funding early childhood education efforts that help promote proper development and work with families to prepare children for school.

Opinion: The Sons Also Rise


November 22, 2002
Paul Krugman

The spectacular increase in American inequality has made the gap between the rich and the middle class wider, and hence more difficult to cross, than it was in the past. Meanwhile, one key doorway to upward mobility – a good education system, available to all – has been closing.

The Best Investment: America’s Kids


November 22, 2002 Economics and Finance
Christopher Farrell

Tomorrow's workers will need more brains than brawn, so funding early-childhood education is vital. It's time for Uncle Sam to ante up.

Closing an Achievement Gap


November 21, 2002
Susan DeFord

Judy Center Targets Preschoolers

Research bolsters economic case for preschools


November 21, 2002 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Peggy O'Crowley

Educators long have known that high-quality child care pays off in better classroom performance and later on in better jobs. Now new research indicates it also pays off in actual dollars, an attractive carrot for taxpayers, according to a new report released by a Rutgers University think tank.