Monthly Archives: March 2012

Preschool is a cost-effective way of improving school readiness that can be implemented on a large scale

Julia Isaacs of the Brookings Institution has a just-released paper (March 19, 2012) that provides valuable comparisons of preschool versus other methods of increasing school readiness, at kindergarten entrance, for children from low-income families. The backdrop to this paper is … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood programs

Responding to six arguments of skeptics of early childhood programs

I recently gave two lengthy presentations on early childhood programs in Grand Haven, Michigan and Newaygo County, Michigan.  My draft speech, which goes for 8 pages, is here. The PowerPoint accompanying this speech is at the link at the bottom … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood programs, Timing of benefits

Who benefits from higher skills?

Catherine Rampell of the New York Times has a good article this morning on state budget cuts to higher education. The article raises broader issues about how policymakers and the public should think about the benefits of investments in education … Continue reading

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