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Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy


December 1, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

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…

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


September 1, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
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.

Preschool Influences on Mathematics Achievement


August 1, 2008 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted

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 1, 2008 AccessOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted

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

Does It Pay to Invest in Preschool for All? Analyzing Return-on-Investment in Three States


March 1, 2006 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Clive R. Belfield

This NIEER working paper summarizes three studies projecting the economic consequences of expanding preschool programs toward universal enrollment in three states - Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin.