Category Archives: Early childhood programs

Research consensus for early childhood education backed in letter by over 500 researchers

A letter was released today (November 12, 2014), signed by over 500 researchers and academics, that expresses the strong research consensus that supports investment in high-quality early childhood education. I am honored to be among this group of signatories, which … Continue reading

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What does the evidence show on preschool?

A recent article by Professor David Armor repeats many of the common arguments made by researchers opposed to current proposals for expanding preschool.  The article was published online by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. The article’s arguments have … Continue reading

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The Head Start experiment versus prior research on Head Start: the curious case of the changing control group

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity,  one issue about Head Start that I discuss is the change over time in results from studies of the effectiveness of Head Start. Earlier studies of Head Start find evidence of Head … Continue reading

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Early childhood programs work at a large scale

As I discuss in my just-published book, From Preschool to Prosperity, critics often argue that the research evidence for preschool only comes from small-scale programs run by researchers. Therefore, the argument goes, we don’t know if preschool can work if … Continue reading

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High-quality random assignment experiments continue to provide part of the evidence for the economic payoff to early childhood education

My new book, From Preschool to Prosperity (available free as a pdf, for $0.99 on various e-book platforms, and also in hard copy form), explains why the research evidence for the effectiveness of early childhood education is credible. Among this credible … Continue reading

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Parental earnings benefits of early childhood programs shouldn’t be forgotten

One point made in my recently-published book From Preschool to Prosperity (available free as a pdf, and for $0.99 in various ebook formats, and also in paperback) is that parental earnings benefits are an important economic benefit for many early … Continue reading

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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

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