Category Archives: Early childhood programs

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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Conor Williams’s review of “From Preschool to Prosperity” in The Washington Monthly

Review is here, cross-posted at New America’s Ed Central. Conor Williams is a Senior Researcher in the Early Education Inititiative at the New America Foundation. “Bartik bridges the distance between accessibility and expertise. From Preschool to Prosperity is supremely organized … Continue reading

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What are economic benefits and why do we care?

My just-published book, From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education, focuses on preschool’s economic benefits. What are “economic benefits” and why should we care about them? Many people have an adverse reaction to focusing on the … Continue reading

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Pre-K benefits do not depend on anti-crime benefits and small-scale extremely intense programs

A recent Vox article by Libby Nelson made some useful points about pre-K, but also encouraged some misconceptions. The article pointed out that in many benefit-cost studies of pre-K, for example of the Perry program and the Chicago CPC program, … Continue reading

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Where is the weight of the evidence, and the burden of proof, for targeted vs. universal pre-K?

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

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Whitehurst’s latest comments on pre-K

Russ Whitehurst has some more recent comments on pre-K, this time arguing against a more recent study of Georgia pre-K. This more recent study found pre-K effects on cognitive skills which, averaged across all tests used, had an average “effect … Continue reading

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