- What does the evidence show on preschool?
- Early childhood education is a good we know how to do
- Why early childhood education now?
- Early childhood education is a continuation of an American tradition of promoting economic growth through education
- Increasing quality in preschool through accountability and mentoring
Monthly Archives: June 2011
I gave presentations on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, to business summits sponsored by two of the Great Start Collaboratives in Michigan, in Cass County and Berrien County. I appreciate their interest in my work. My prepared text tried to respond … Continue reading
Some skeptics about early childhood programs accept that these programs may be effective in increasing the future earnings of participants. But, a skeptic could say, even if former participants stay in the local economy, how does this benefit others in … Continue reading
Dr. Art Rolnick, former research director of the Minneapolis Fed, recently testified before the U.S. Congress on early childhood programs as economic development programs. The hearing and Dr. Rolnick’s testimony was requested by Senator Al Franken, who also questioned Dr. … Continue reading
Steve Barnett and Jason Hustedt have a new issue brief for the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), on financing early learning programs. This issue brief analyzes many aspects of the financing of early learning programs. But I want … Continue reading
Well-known economist Nancy Folbre raised an important issue about the business community and early childhood programs in her recent contribution to the New York Times’ “Economix” blog. The issue is: why isn’t there more active business support for early childhood … Continue reading
Last week, the North Carolina legislature overrode Governor Bev Perdue’s veto and approved a budget that cuts the state’s two major early childhood programs by 20 percent. These cuts are to the state’s “More at Four” preschool program for at-risk … Continue reading
Well-known blogger Matt Yglesias had a post on preschool recently. In this post, Yglesias argued that implementing preschool programs at a large scale, at high-quality, is difficult. Yglesias’s argument is overstated. The research suggests that most states and local governments … Continue reading