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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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Early childhood programs today have credible evidence not only from random assignment experiments, but from “silver standard” studies with good comparison groups

My new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, argues that the research evidence for the effectiveness of early childhood programs is broad. The random assignment experiments, such as Perry Preschool, are often cited. Random assignment evidence is regarded as the “gold … Continue reading

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My new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, is available on September 15, 2014

My second book on early childhood programs is available as of September 15, 2014. This book is entitled From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Programs. This book is available free as a pdf file, at a … Continue reading

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