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 some of the evidence from my new book showing that pre-K works, and in particular highlights the research evidence from Boston. The article argues that pre-K can overcome fade-out of effects as children age, and that this works particularly well when pre-K is accompanied by smart investments in K-12 education. Massachusetts again provides a good example of such smart investments.
As both my book and the article argue, pre-K and other early childhood education investments can be even more effective as part of more comprehensive strategies. Early childhood education investments are not the only investments in skills that can work. And policies to invest in skills should be accompanied by policies to create more demand for high-skill, high-wage jobs.