Monthly Archives: August 2011

Synergies between early childhood programs and K-12 systems

One important issue is whether the rate of return to investing in high-quality early childhood programs varies with the quality of the subsequent K-12 system. This is an important issue because if there are such synergies, such synergies potentially add … Continue reading

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Steve Barnett’s powerpoint on recent findings from early childhood studies

Steve Barnett’s recent presentation, at the July 22nd National Business Leader Summit sponsored by the Partnership for America’s Economic Success, included some important summaries of recent research on early childhood programs. (Barnett is co-director of the National Institute for Early … Continue reading

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Cost-effective short-term job creation policies

The U.S. economy is clearly in need of short-term job creation policies. The economy is short at least 12 million jobs, compared to what would be required to match pre-recession employment-to-population ratios. Unless something dramatic changes, these slack labor market … Continue reading

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Why earnings benefits of pre-K can be so large for the middle-class

My recent working paper on Tulsa’s pre-K program predicts that pre-K will increase the future earnings of both the poor and the middle class by similar dollar amounts.  (This paper, co-authored with Bill Gormley and Shirley Adelstein of Georgetown, can … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood programs

Presentation to American Chamber of Commerce Executives

My August  4th speech to the American Chamber of Commerce Executives’ convention, and the accompanying powerpoint, have now been posted at the Upjohn Institute’s website. This speech integrates much of the material from this blog, and my book “Investing in … Continue reading

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Even slight increases in kindergarten readiness yield benefits that exceed costs for pre-K

One implication of my recent paper on Tulsa’s pre-K program is that even modest increases in kindergarten readiness would be predicted to have large future earnings benefits for former participants in pre-K programs.  (This paper, co-authored with Bill Gormley and … Continue reading

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Talk tomorrow at American Chamber of Commerce Executives convention

I will be speaking tomorrow at the annual convention of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the organization’s name suggests, ACCE includes executives from over 1400 chambers of commerce in the U.S. and Canada.  I will be speaking on … Continue reading

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Does preschool benefit middle-class kids? Yes

A just-released working paper by me, along with my co-authors William Gormley and Shirley Adelstein at Georgetown, considers, among other things, how Tulsa’s pre-K program affects middle-class children.  For middle-class children, we project that both the half-day and full-day versions … Continue reading

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