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Head Start impacts: the importance of the counterfactual

Two recent research papers, by Kline and Walters, and by Feller et al., suggest that Head Start has much larger impacts when it is compared to the alternative of “no preschool”. This finding tends to increase the likelihood that Head … Continue reading

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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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The Head Start experiment versus prior research on Head Start: the curious case of the changing control group

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity,  one issue about Head Start that I discuss is the change over time in results from studies of the effectiveness of Head Start. Earlier studies of Head Start find evidence of Head … Continue reading

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What do we know about Head Start’s effectiveness?

An ongoing policy dispute is about how effective Head Start is as a preschool program. Head Start has other goals, for example improving public health. However, an important issue is how Head Start’s effects on kindergarten readiness, K-12 test scores, … Continue reading

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Another take on Head Start

A just-released paper, by Chloe Gibbs, Jens Ludwig, and Douglas Miller, provides a somewhat different analysis of recent research on Head Start, and its implications for policy. (Unfortunately, for many potentially interested readers, the paper is probably not available for … Continue reading

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Interpreting the conflicting evidence on Head Start effectiveness

The evidence on the effectiveness of Head Start is mixed. On the one hand, the recent random assignment study of Head Start found that test score effects of Head Start mostly disappeared by the end of first grade. On the … Continue reading

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Why Head Start should be improved, not defunded

Head Start is currently threatened with a significant funding cut. As part of the political fight over budget deficits, the House of Representatives has  proposed significant funding cuts to Head Start for fiscal year 2011 (the current fiscal year) of … Continue reading

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What does research say about the proposed expansion of Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program?

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently proposed a major expansion of the state’s pre-K program, called the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).  From reports in Gongwer News Service, legislators and others have expressed various doubts about the proposed expansion. This blog … Continue reading

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We have enough evidence to expand quality pre-K

Professor Dale Farran of Vanderbilt University has a new policy brief at the Brookings Institution website, entitled “We need more evidence in order to create effective pre-K programs”. This policy brief makes the skeptical researchers’ case for collecting more research … Continue reading

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Thinking again about earlier-age versus later-age interventions in skills development

The recent paper on the Kalamazoo Promise, by me and my colleagues Brad Hershbein and Marta Lachowska, found that this program, which provides up to 100% free college tuition for graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools, increases college completion sufficiently to … Continue reading

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