“Who’s in the Circle?” A Study of Family Participation in Georgia’s Pre-K Program

December 2011

This NIEER working paper presents the results of a study that examines which household characteristics are related to the probability of participating in the voluntary pre-K program.

“Who’s in the Circle?” A Study of Family Participation in Georgia’s Pre-K Program

By Milagros Nores, W. Steven Barnett, Dale Epstein and Stephanie M. Curenton (2011)

Georgia’s Pre-K Program offers universal voluntary prekindergarten to all 4-year-old children in the state. In 2007-2008, Georgia’s preschool program served 76,491 children, around 53 percent of its 4-year-olds. The purpose of the study was to examine which household characteristics are related to the probability of participating in the voluntary pre-K program. This report summarizes the results of a telephone survey conducted in October 2007 to parents across the state of Georgia, and their reasons for either choosing to enroll or not in the program, as well as the relation between those choices, the information parents may have about the program, and mother’s choices in the labor market.

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