Category Archives: Early childhood programs

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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The power of local coalitions: Kalamazoo’s progress on pre-K

For my speech on Monday February 23rd to the Kalamazoo Rotary Club, I looked more in-depth at state and local statistics on pre-K enrollment. Due to expanded state funding, the percentage of Michigan 4-year-olds in state-funded pre-K has increased from … Continue reading

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Research consensus for early childhood education backed in letter by over 500 researchers

A letter was released today (November 12, 2014), signed by over 500 researchers and academics, that expresses the strong research consensus that supports investment in high-quality early childhood education. I am honored to be among this group of signatories, which … Continue reading

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What does the evidence show on preschool?

A recent article by Professor David Armor repeats many of the common arguments made by researchers opposed to current proposals for expanding preschool.  The article was published online by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. The article’s arguments have … Continue reading

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Increasing quality in preschool through accountability and mentoring

One important issue discussed in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, is what can be done by government to increase the quality of local pre-K programs. Although there is good evidence that a wide variety of state and local … Continue reading

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Should early childhood education be financed by state governments, the federal government, or both?

One important governance issue discussed in my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, is whether pre-K and other early childhood programs should be primarily financed by state governments or the federal government. I’m a political pragmatist. I think either approach … Continue reading

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What are the costs of a full-scale commitment to early childhood education?

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, I outline a specific proposal, backed by research, for a full-scale early childhood program. This program consists of three components: (1) universal full-day pre-K for all 4-year olds; (2) income-targeted full-time, full-year … Continue reading

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My article with Elaine Weiss in Huffington Post on pre-K as part of pro-children strategy

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 … Continue reading

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My article for Bridge magazine on Michigan’s pre-K program published September 30

My article for Bridge Magazine on Michigan’s pre-K program was published on September 30.  Bridge Magazine is a publication of the Center for Michigan, a non-partisan organization that examines policy issues connected with Michigan’s future. To sum up the article: … Continue reading

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Earlier intervention has greater effects in changing a child’s life course, but not always a higher benefit-cost ratio; both are important

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, one issue I discuss is how the returns to high-quality early childhood programs vary with what child ages are targeted by the program. One popular notion is that the earlier the intervention, … Continue reading

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