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Recent “natural experiment” evidence for Head Start’s long-run effectiveness

A recently published paper on Head Start, by Pedro Carneiro and Rita Ginja, presents evidence that Head Start has sizable long-run behavioral benefits, compared to no preschool, even though cognitive impacts fade. The paper’s methodology is not a random assignment … Continue reading

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New Duke study of special education cost savings due to North Carolina’s Smart Start and More at Four programs

A newly published study by three well known researchers at Duke (Clara Muschkin, Helen Ladd, and Ken Dodge) finds that North Carolina’s early childhood programs significantly reduce special education placements at grade 3. The programs examined are More at Four, … Continue reading

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Anti-crime benefits of pre-K are another good rationale for broad public support for pre-K

Another important spillover benefit of high-quality pre-K is the effect of these programs on lowering subsequent crime rates of participants. As discussed in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, these anti-crime effects provide broad public benefits by reducing the … Continue reading

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The pre-K controversy over teacher credentials: mixed evidence, but successful programs tend to use certified teachers paid public school wages

My new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, includes a discussion of the controversy over whether pre-K programs get better results if they use credentialed teachers. The controversy arises because the research on this topic is mixed. However, even though the … Continue reading

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Pre-K quality: even slight improvements have large economic benefits, which justify even large costs to improve quality

One argument made in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, is that even slight improvements in preschool quality can be shown by the economic logic of educational investments to have large benefits. This justifies spending quite a bit of … Continue reading

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Eye on Early Education reviews my new book, “From Preschool to Prosperity”

Alyssa Haywoode, of  “Eye on Early Education”, a blog of  the organization Strategies for Children, has a review and interview about my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity. One accomplishment of  Ms. Haywoode in the interview was to push me a … Continue reading

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Preschool often has large adult effects even if test score effects fade somewhat.

My just-published book, From Preschool to Prosperity, includes a chapter discussing common criticisms of the research evidence for early childhood programs. One frequent criticism of the evidence for early childhood programs is based on results from the recent Head Start … Continue reading

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