Category Archives: Timing of benefits

Final two short videos released on early childhood programs

Two more short videos on early childhood programs have been released, combining my words with videos and animation by Detroit Public TV. One of these videos discusses short-term benefits of early childhood programs. These benefits include reducing remedial education costs, … Continue reading

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New evidence suggests universal pre-K increases overall pre-K enrollment for all income groups, but provides mixed evidence on test score effects

A new paper by Elizabeth Cascio and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach provides important new evidence on the effects of universal pre-K. This paper was presented in late September at the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. Cascio and Schanzenbach examine the effects … Continue reading

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Expanded pre-K is fiscally sustainable

The popular Washington Post blog “Wonkblog” had a post on April 11 2013 from Brad Plumer that got my attention with this headline:  “Funding preschool with a cigarette tax is unsustainable”. The gist of the article is as follows: Although … Continue reading

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My TEDx talk on why early childhood programs are key to local economic development

My recent TEDx talk is now posted on YouTube.  In 15 minutes, this talk summarizes my argument for why early childhood programs can build stronger local economies.  It summarizes some of the key points from my book Investing in Kids. … Continue reading

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Special education cost savings

A recent report released by ReadyNation, prepared with support from the Kauffman Foundation, provides much research information on how special education cost-savings might be used to fund high-quality pre-K. The report, written by Rob Dugger and Bob Litan, argues that … Continue reading

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Making the case for pre-K: some fiscal and economic arithmetic

Andrew Rotherham has an April 5th Time magazine column with the ominous title, “Are Pre-K Programs About To Get Gutted?” Mr. Rotherham apparently has access to an advance copy of the forthcoming annual report on state preschool programs from the … Continue reading

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Responding to six arguments of skeptics of early childhood programs

I recently gave two lengthy presentations on early childhood programs in Grand Haven, Michigan and Newaygo County, Michigan.  My draft speech, which goes for 8 pages, is here. The PowerPoint accompanying this speech is at the link at the bottom … Continue reading

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