Monthly Archives: March 2013

Recent research on how educational benefits of high-quality child care vary by income

An excellent recent paper by Greg Duncan and Aaron Sojourner has important implications for understanding the effects of different types of early childhood programs for different income groups. Duncan and Sojourner look at the effects of the Infant Health and … Continue reading

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What does research say about the proposed expansion of Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program?

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently proposed a major expansion of the state’s pre-K program, called the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).  From reports in Gongwer News Service, legislators and others have expressed various doubts about the proposed expansion. This blog … Continue reading

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An analysis of the Dalmia/Snell Wall Street Journal article on Georgia and Oklahoma, or the difficulties of case study analysis

A recent opinion column (March 1, 2013)  in the Wall Street Journal, by Shikha Dalmia and Lisa Snell of the Reason Foundation, criticized proposals for universal preschool programs on the basis of the experience of Georgia and Oklahoma, which have … Continue reading

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What does the Fitzpatrick study of Georgia’s “universal” pre-K program show?

During the current debate over expanding pre-K, expansion opponents have sometimes cited a study by Maria Donovan Fitzpatrick of Georgia’s pre-K program. For example, on February 25, 2013, the Wall Street Journal editorial page described the conclusions of Fitzpatrick’s study … Continue reading

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Responding to the Wall Street Journal editorial on preschool expansion

On February 26, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial criticizing President Obama’s proposal to expand preschool.  The editorial was entitled “Head Start for All: Universal preschool and a government that won’t admit failure”.  Given the prominence of the Wall … Continue reading

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