In this policy report, NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett dispels four common myths about preschool education, addressing the questions:
1) Does high-quality pre-K have lasting benefits?
2) What is the evidence for the $7 to $1 return on investment for preschool?
3) Do non-disadvantaged children benefit from pre-K, and is a targeted or a universal approach to preschool more effective?
4) Are large-scale public pre-K programs, including Head Start, effective?
Dr. Barnett examines the research evidence that supplies answers for all of these questions.