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December 11, 2002 Economics and Finance
Linda Jacobson

A Good Return

Preschool program can lead to success


December 9, 2002 Economics and Finance
Laurie Pellichero

A new study released last month documents the savings taxpayers reap when states and school districts invest in preschool, according to a recent story in the Star Ledger of Newark. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University said that for every dollar spent on quality, full-day preschools, $4 comes back to children,…

Editorial: Smart Start


December 8, 2002 Economics and Finance
John Hood

Last month, Smart Start advocates put out a press release announcing another round of research findings from the Abecedarian Project, which is run by UNC Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The study, by two Rutgers University researchers, concluded that the Abecedarian model likely saved taxpayers $4 for every $1 spent, with school…

Opinion: Invest Early


December 4, 2002 Economics and Finance

Again, the obvious proves its worth

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

Editorial: Pre-K is a good investment for Florida


October 30, 2002 Economics and Finance
Alex Penelas

Florida stands to save between $2 billion and $3 billion per each wave of 4-year-olds served — and that’s a conservative estimate. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, says the actual savings could be as high as $6 billion.