Monthly Archives: October 2011

How much can early childhood education do to reduce income inequality?

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote in a recent column  that the Occupy Wall Street movement “is shining a useful spotlight on one of America’s central challenges, the inequality that leaves the richest 1 percent of Americans with a … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood programs

How does preschool have long-run effects?

A recently published book has some interesting findings on the causal chain of events by which high-quality preschool education has long-run effects on adult outcomes. The book is “Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life”. I recommend … Continue reading

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

Consequences of reducing pre-K quality

One of my news alerts recently came across an interesting blog entry from Maureen Downey of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  Her blog entry highlighted recent budget cuts to Georgia’s pre-K program, and their consequences. According to the blog entry, the … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs

Financing early childhood programs by increased taxes will not destroy local jobs, but rather will create jobs

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I recently testified about early childhood programs before a state legislative committee. A legislator asked a subsequent witness a question whose gist was as follows: “Won’t imposing the taxes to pay for … Continue reading

Posted in Business incentives, Early childhood programs

Parenting programs are not a “cheap substitute” for expanding high-quality preschool

I recently testified about early childhood programs before a state legislative committee. One of the representatives asked a subsequent witness a question, whose gist was as follows: Wouldn’t it be better and cheaper to address parenting rather than spending all … Continue reading

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Book review of Investing in Kids in Monthly Labor Review

The latest issue of Monthly Labor Review has a very nice review by economist Brian Keaton of my book, Investing in Kids. MLR is a well-respected journal published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. Department of … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood programs, Economic development