Steve Barnett’s take on what the facts show about pre-K

Steve Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, has written a very useful brief report about what research shows about pre-K programs.

This report, which is 15 pages long, is entitled “Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President’s Pre-K Proposal”. The report considers four questions:

“1. Does high-quality pre-K have lasting benefits?
2. What is the evidence for the $7 to $1 return on investment in pre-K?
3. Do non-disadvantaged children benefit from pre-K, and is a targeted or a
universal approach to pre-K more effective?
4. Are large-scale public programs, including Head Start, effective?”

There’s a lot of overlap between what Barnett says and my recent posts responding to various critics of large-scale pre-K.  I think we largely agree on how we see the research evidence.  I would hope that both my specific responses to individual articles, as well as Barnett’s overview of the research, would be useful to a variety of readers.

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Tim Bartik is a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a non-profit and non-partisan research organization in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His research specializes in state and local economic development policies and local labor markets.
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1 Response to Steve Barnett’s take on what the facts show about pre-K

  1. megancarolan says:

    Reblogged this on Megan Carolan and commented:
    This is my boss writing at my organization, so I am perhaps a bit partial to it. But there’s been a TON of misinformation on what pre-K research does and doesn’t indicate about outcomes, so this is an important piece. And I’m thrilled that Tim Bartik shared it – he’s really been bringing his A game at debunking myths at his blog and you should check him out.

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