Archived Project

Pre-K  Now


The Pew Charitable Trusts completed its 10-year campaign to advance high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds in 2011. Through its successes, Pre-K Now changed the national conversation about pre-k education, and in its final report, challenged the nation’s policy makers to transform public education by moving away from the current K-12 system to pre-K-12.

Visit the Pew Home Visiting and Children's Dental Campaigns and the Families and Health issue sections of this website to learn more about critical programs for young children.

Why Pre-K Matters

We know from more than 50 years of research that vital learning happens before age five. Yet, for decades, policy makers and education leaders have been working to “fix” public education while overlooking the demonstrated benefits of pre-kindergarten education. To ensure that all children fulfill their potential as individuals and citizens, we must re-imagine public education as a system that begins not with kindergarten, but with quality pre-k, and builds on that foundation to raise performance in later grades.

Our Work

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  • Transforming Public Education

    In its final report, Pre-K Now laid out a strategy to transform public education by moving from the current K-12 model to a more effective, evidence-based pre-K-12 system, based upon the vital learning that happens in children's earliest years This pre-K-12 vision is grounded in rigorous research and reflects work by leading scholars and institutions to identify the knowledge and skills students... Read More

  • Beyond the School Yard

    When state and federal funding for pre-k falls short, school administrators can collaborate with community-based programs to expand higher-quality early learning opportunities. This 2009 report highlighted the benefits and challenges of these collaborations. Read More

  • Funding the Future 2006

    This 2006 report examined how policymakers nationwide have found innovative approaches to financing pre-kindergarten. Read More

Media Contact

Gaye Williams

Senior Director, Communications