- Research consensus for early childhood education backed in letter by over 500 researchers
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- 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
Category Archives: Distribution of benefits
As I discuss in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, pre-K and other early childhood programs provide important “fiscal benefits”. By “fiscal benefits”, I mean increases in tax revenue or reductions in needed spending, even at the same tax … Continue reading
One reason why all families benefit from publicly-funded preschool, including families who don’t enroll their children in public preschool, is the increased educational achievement due to peer effects in K-12 schools. As discussed in my new book, From Preschool to … Continue reading
Pre-K benefits both the poor and the middle class, but child care and parenting programs’ benefits are more targeted
In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, I review the research evidence on whether the benefits of early childhood programs go beyond children from low-income families to include middle-class children. This research evidence suggests that preschool at age 4 … Continue reading
Even under conservative estimates, early childhood education can do quite a bit to address income inequality
On September 16, the latest Census Bureau statistics on poverty and income distribution were released. Among other things, these latest stats showed a stagnant trend in relative income of different groups, based upon the Current Population Survey, which omits some … Continue reading
The Hamilton Project has released a useful e-book that presents evidence on selected anti-poverty policies. This includes some discussion of pre-K programs, by Elizabeth Cascio and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. The Cascio/Schanzenbach chapter argues for expansion of high-quality targeted pre-K. My … Continue reading
Achievement gaps at kindergarten entry, income inequality, universal pre-K, and more-intensive early childhood education
Milagros Nores and Steve Barnett have written a recently-released report on how kindergarten readiness and preschool enrollment varies by different groups, including for different income groups. What they document is that at kindergarten entrance, children in disadvantaged groups are far … Continue reading