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How Much Does Quality Preschool Cost?


March 1, 2006
Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

There is abundant evidence demonstrating that states should fund quality preschool programs. However, there is less research available to suggest how much funding is necessary for programs to achieve their desired effects. This NIEER report presents current state spending on preschool, identifies some aspects of programs that are clearly related to cost, and offers estimates of the state commitment necessary to achieve various levels of access and quality.

NIEER Working Paper – How Much Does Quality Preschool Cost?

By W. Steven Barnett and Kenneth B. Robin
2006

Summary

There is abundant evidence demonstrating that states should fund quality preschool programs. However, there is less research available to suggest how much funding is necessary for programs to achieve their desired effects. This NIEER report presents current state spending on preschool, identifies some aspects of programs that are clearly related to cost, and offers estimates of the state commitment necessary to achieve various levels of access and quality.

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