Research Report

How Will The COVID-19 Pandemic Impact Pre-K?

Special Report

We’ve all heard the saying that those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it. Living in the current COVID-19 pandemic, we’d be wise to revisit our history lessons for post-COVID policy guidance. Many states have already made and proposed budget cuts in response to the COVID-19-induced recession’s impact on revenue. Since state revenues lag the economy, it’s a safe bet state budget problems will worsen before they improve. We can make more specific predictions by looking closely at what happened in the last major recession.

The Authors

Karin Garver is an Early Childhood Education Policy Specialist at NIEER. Her research interests are in national and state early education policy trends, inclusive opportunities for preschool children with disabilities, data systems, systems integration, and public program finance.