Monthly Archives: January 2012

Given the many problems with our K-12 educational system, what’s the point of adding early childhood programs?

I’m continuing my series of brief responses to questions I have received at public presentations on early childhood programs. Today’s question: “Given the many problems with our K-12 educational system, what’s the point of adding early childhood programs? Shouldn’t our … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs

Which businesses should be interested in “the business case” for early childhood programs?

Sara Mead has a recent blog entry that comments on problems with the likely interest of business leaders in promoting state and local education. Her comment was in part prompted by Steve Perlstein’s comments on problems in local leadership for … Continue reading

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

New long-term estimates of the effects of the Abecedarian program

Recently, Frances Campbell and her colleagues have published a paper that provides new long-term estimates of the effects of the Abecedarian program. These estimates suggest greater long-run benefits of the Abecedarian program than were projected based on previous results at … Continue reading

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Generating good jobs: what role for government?

I have been asked by some persons my reaction to the recent New York Times article by Motoko Rich on state customized job training programs. I have argued that state customized job training programs can be an effective way of … Continue reading

Posted in Business incentives, Economic development, Incentive design issues, National vs. state vs. local

Do early childhood programs represent too much government intervention into the role of parents?

I’m continuing to provide brief answers to questions I have received when I have made presentations on early childhood programs. Today’s question is: “Do early childhood programs represent too much government intervention into the role of parents?” Some voters and … Continue reading

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How will investing in kids pay off in the short-run?

I’m continuing to do a series of posts that provide brief answers to questions I’ve received about early childhood programs. Today’s question: “How will investing in kids pay off in the short-run? The major benefits of investing in early childhood … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood programs, Timing of benefits

How does a state’s investment in early childhood programs pay off for the state?

I’m continuing to provide brief answers to questions I’ve received at presentations I have made on early childhood programs. Today’s question is the following: “How does a state’s investment in early childhood programs pay off for the state? We live … Continue reading

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How does the short-run intervention of early childhood programs lead to such large long-run effects?

I’m trying this month to provide brief answers to some questions that have come up when I’ve given presentations on early childhood programs. Today’s question: “How does the short-run intervention of early childhood programs lead to such large long-run effects?”  … Continue reading

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Why should I believe that early childhood programs work?

Over this month, I’ll provide brief responses to some questions I have received at various talks I have given about early childhood programs. Today’s question is “Why should I believe that early childhood programs work? After all, every program claims … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood programs