Category Archives: Distribution of benefits

Weighing the preschool research evidence

Professor Bruce Fuller had an op-ed on preschool in the Washington Post on February 9. Professor Fuller’s interpretations of preschool research omit some important research. Specifically, Professor Fuller argues that “youngsters from middle-class and well-off homes benefit little from preschool”.  … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs | 4 Comments

What the available evidence shows about middle-class benefits of early childhood education

At the recent Education Writers Association conference on early childhood education, Russ Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution cited Tulsa and Boston studies as evidence that the benefits of early childhood education are much greater for low-income children than for middle-class … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits | 1 Comment

Why early childhood education can significantly reduce income inequality

President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night is rumored to talk about a variety of measures to reduce income inequality (perhaps reframed as building “ladders of opportunity” for the poor and middle-class), including early childhood education. I thought … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits | 1 Comment

My one-page issue brief (with links!) on “Facts from Early Childhood Research”

At the request of the group ReadyNation, I prepared a one-page issue brief. This issue brief was designed to provide a brief review of the facts about early childhood programs for business leaders who are involved with ReadyNation. The one-page … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood programs | 1 Comment

Early childhood education: the economics of early versus later interventions

Nick Kristof had an excellent column on early childhood education in the October 27th edition of the New York Times. In this column, he argues that early childhood education is “the best tool we have to break cycles of poverty”. … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs | Comments Off on Early childhood education: the economics of early versus later interventions

New evidence suggests universal pre-K increases overall pre-K enrollment for all income groups, but provides mixed evidence on test score effects

A new paper by Elizabeth Cascio and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach provides important new evidence on the effects of universal pre-K. This paper was presented in late September at the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. Cascio and Schanzenbach examine the effects … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs, Timing of benefits | Comments Off on New evidence suggests universal pre-K increases overall pre-K enrollment for all income groups, but provides mixed evidence on test score effects

The benefits of early childhood programs depend upon design

Melinda Wenner Moyer wrote a recent column in Slate on how U.S. day care affects kids. Her column provides a useful summary of the day care research. Day care has mixed effects relative to parental care: more positive if the … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs | 3 Comments

Pre-K benefits the middle-class as well as the poor in Boston

A recent study of Boston’s universal pre-K program provides additional evidence that pre-K programs have benefits greater than costs for children from middle-class families. This supplements the more extensive evidence that pre-K has high benefit-cost ratios for children from low-income … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs | Comments Off on Pre-K benefits the middle-class as well as the poor in Boston

New study shows large effects of high-quality pre-K for a broad-access program

My new study of an innovative pre-K program in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, has just been posted at the Upjohn Institute website. The Kalamazoo County program is called “Kalamazoo County Ready 4s”, or KC Ready 4s.  KC Ready 4s aims to … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood programs | 1 Comment

Helping child development and long-run economic development by helping low-income parents

Pediatrician Perri Klass wrote an article in the New York Times on May 13, 2013, that focused on the growing interest by pediatricians and other medical professionals in child poverty as a national problem. She argues that evidence suggests that … Continue reading

Posted in Distribution of benefits, Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs | Comments Off on Helping child development and long-run economic development by helping low-income parents