Category Archives: Economic development

Early childhood education is a good we know how to do

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, I put early childhood education in the context of other efforts to increase high-wage employment. Early childhood education is by no means the only policy needed as part of a comprehensive strategy … Continue reading

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Why early childhood education now?

As argued in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, expanded early childhood education represents a continuation of the American historical tradition of promoting economic opportunity and growth via expanded education. But why is there a need for early childhood … Continue reading

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Early childhood education is a continuation of an American tradition of promoting economic growth through education

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, I put early childhood education in a historical context. The U.S. has long seen expanded education as a key to promoting a better economy. The U.S. was a leader in expanding free … Continue reading

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Spillover benefits of early childhood education may more than double economic benefits

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, I devote an entire chapter to discussing “spillover benefits” of early childhood education, that is benefits that spillover from the families participating in early childhood programs to other people. Evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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My article with Elaine Weiss in Huffington Post on pre-K as part of pro-children strategy

In a recent article in Huffington Post, Elaine Weiss and I discuss pre-K’s potential as part of a pro-children strategy. Elaine Weiss is National Coordinator of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education at the Economic Policy Institute. The article describes … Continue reading

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Restoring middle-class opportunities for more Americans

Nick Kristof’s recent column in the New York Times highlighted some of the economic and social challenges facing many working-class Americans. He focuses on an Oregon friend of his who has faced many economic and social challenges due to his … Continue reading

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Published Duke study of North Carolina early childhood programs finds good evidence for spillover benefits for overall student achievement

The recently-published version of a Duke University study provides good evidence that high-quality early childhood programs have sizable spillover benefits for overall student achievement.  The research also suggests that these programs can have ratios of earnings benefits to costs that … Continue reading

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