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Preschool Matters Today

Why the Source of Preschool Funding Matters

September 2, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and Accountability
by Richard Kasmin

While research demonstrates the educational, economic, and social benefits of quality preschool, a portion of the public continues to see early learning as a social welfare program — babysitting for the poor — rather than education. From that perspective it makes little sense to provide the same universal access to preschool programs as to K-12…