Monthly Archives: January 2011

Income distribution effects of high-quality full-time child-care and preschool, birth to age 5

Chapter 8 of Investing in Kids also considers the effects on different income groups of more intense early childhood programs. I consider the effects of a program similar to the Abecedarian program. The Abecedarian experiment provided full-time child care and … Continue reading

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Amazon copies of Investing in Kids now in stock

Amazon now lists my book Investing in Kids as in stock now, both in paperback and hardback, and therefore available for immediate shipping. Before, Amazon for some reason had the book listed as “available in one to two months”, which … Continue reading

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Sliding scale fees for pre-k

An expanded pre-k program may provide both greater benefits for a state’s economy, and be more politically sustainable, if this expanded program provides services not only to the poor but to the middle class. On the other hand, free preschool … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs

The politics of universal vs. targeted pre-k

As a previous post has outlined, there are some economic tradeoffs in deciding between a pre-k program with “universal access” for all 4-year-olds, versus a pre-k program that is more narrowly targeted at children from low-income families.  Targeting children from … Continue reading

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The State of the Union and the States

President Obama’s State of the Union address focused on “winning the future”. This strategy included winning the future through public investments, including educational investments. For advocates of early childhood programs, it is noteworthy that the educational investments that were mentioned … Continue reading

Posted in Business incentives, Early childhood programs, Economic development, National vs. state vs. local

Targeted pre-k vs. universal pre-k: overall effects and distributional effects

In a previous post, I showed that under plausible assumptions, universal pre-k would have broad benefits for the middle class as well as for the poor. But how does universal pre-k compare with a preschool program that is more tightly … Continue reading

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Preschool and state economic development: employers speak out

One of my Google News alerts came across this interesting story from Iowa.  Iowa is currently debating the future of its “Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program”, which currently enrolls over half of all Iowa four-year olds. The program is designed to … Continue reading

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Universal pre-k: effects on income distribution

Over the course of several different blog posts, I have been discussing what both logic and evidence suggest for how the effects of preschool vary across different income groups.  Given this discussion, what are plausible estimates of the effects of … Continue reading

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Why Michigan (and other states) should invest in preschool

I recently (January 11, 2011) gave a speech on the case for investing in preschool to the Detroit Area Grantmakers of the Council of Michigan Foundations.  This speech has recently been posted at the Upjohn Institute website. The speech includes … Continue reading

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What is the evidence for whether preschool works for more advantaged children? Part III: Evidence from a random assignment experiment

As I mentioned in a previous post, most of the random assignment experiments for the effects of preschool have focused on disadvantaged students. In general, foundations and governments have not financed random assignment experiments on how preschool has affected more … Continue reading

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