- 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: February 2013
Steve Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, has written a very useful brief report about what research shows about pre-K programs. This report, which is 15 pages long, is entitled “Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K … Continue reading
As far as I can tell, my post yesterday was not emailed to subscribers. I am not sure if this is a glitch in the wordpress.com software or servers, or is due to the length of yesterday’s post. So I … Continue reading
In response to a reader request, I am taking a closer look at a recent article by Charles Murray, entitled “The Shaky Science Behind Obama’s Universal Pre-K”. The article was published on February 20, 2013 by Bloomberg News. Charles Murray … Continue reading
An ongoing policy dispute is about how effective Head Start is as a preschool program. Head Start has other goals, for example improving public health. However, an important issue is how Head Start’s effects on kindergarten readiness, K-12 test scores, … Continue reading
FactCheck’s recent column criticizing President Obama’s claims about his preschool program gave a misleading description of the overall research evidence on preschool. FactCheck describes itself as “a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania”, and … Continue reading
NPR’s Morning Edition on February 18, 2013 had an interview by NPR host Linda Wertheimer with NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam that gave an unduly negative spin to what research shows about the effectiveness of universal preschool. The program began … Continue reading
In the debate over President Obama’s pre-K proposal, one important issue is whether pre-K programs can work on a large-scale, not just in small “hothouse” programs run by researchers. A closely-related issue is whether pre-K works for middle-class children, or … Continue reading