Pre-K Effectiveness: Fade-Out, Fading or Catch-Up

NIEER Senior Co-Director Ellen Frede Ph.D. discussed research and critical state experiences concerning equity and high-fidelity implementation of pre-K in New Jersey during the Council of Chief State School Officers summit in January 2018.

Her presentation included these key lessons for program design:

  • Initial gains must be large & meaningful
  • Structural features (resources) are necessary, but not sufficient
  • Program standards should encompass key features of practice
  • Cost should be determined based on design not designed to fit an arbitrary budget figure
  • Broader policies and practices before, after, and around preschool interact


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