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Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President’s Prek-K Proposal


June 2017
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

This policy Fast Fact was originally published in February 2013 and recently re-loaded to our website. Both science and public policy are best advanced based on impartial analysis of all the available evidence. No single study stands on its own, much less provides the definitive answers to policy questions on its own. This requires that…

Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy


December 2013

In 2013, preschool education received more attention in the media and public policy circles than it has for some time, in part because of a series of high-profile proposals to expand access to quality pre-K.  The scientific basis for these proposed expansions of quality pre-K is impressive.  This paper brings to bear the full weight…

Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President’s Pre-K Proposal


February 2013
W. Steven Barnett

This policy report clears up some common misconceptions about preschool's effectiveness and benefits, particularly in regards to the Obama administration's recent fact sheet on investing in early education.

Preschool Education as an Educational Reform: Issues of Effectiveness and Access


September 2011
W. Steven Barnett

In this paper for the National Research Council and U.S. Equity and Excellence Commission, NIEER Director Steve Barnett looks at studies that provide rigorous estimates of the effects of some large scale, state-funded pre-K programs – both targeted and universal.  Using available data on preschool access in the United States, Dr. Barnett also provides estimates on pre-K enrollment by family income and the costs of providing educationally effective pre-K programs to all children.

Policy Brief: Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys


March 2009

This policy brief examines the efforts of six states in pursuit of preschool for all.

Preschool Influences on Mathematics Achievement


August 2008

Findings from this study indicate that high-quality preschool may be a factor in improving children's mathematical skills.

Preschool Programs Can Boost School Readiness


June 2008

Georgetown study finds Oklahoma's state-funded preschool for all program boosts children's skills dramatically.

Policy Brief – Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does it Matter? (Updated)


November 2007

What are the factors that influence preschool enrollment? See who goes to preschool by age, ethnicity, income, maternal employment and education and region in this policy brief.

Policy Brief – Is Public Pre-K Preparing Hispanic Children to Succeed in School?


April 2007

Hispanic children who attend high-quality preschool programs have been found to benefit as much as children from other backgrounds, and sometimes more.

A Review of the Reason Foundation’s Report on Preschool and Kindergarten


October 2006

An analysis by NIEER of the Reason Foundation's report Assessing proposals for preschool and kindergarten: Essential information for parents, taxpayers and policymaker.