Universal Preschool Research
We've compiled research regarding the education of children ages three to five,
inclusive of preschool, kindergarten and early education studies and put it all in
one, easy-to-find place. In this section, Preschool Research is right at your
Do Pre-K Center Care Programs Work?
A number of states have initiated, or are in the process of initiating, free pre-K center care programs for children from low-income families.
In the case of Smart Start and Kid Stuff, the states estimate that when fully implemented, these programs will cost in excess of $300 million per year.
During the past 40 years there have been five large-scale trials conducted to investigate the relationship between pre-K and developmental outcomes in children. We will examine each of these studies to see if they support the claim that high quality pre-K contributes to the intellectual, academic, and behavioral development of children.
by Verne R. Bacharach, Ph.D., Appalachian State University; Alfred A. Baumeister, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; Jaimily A. Stoecker, M.A., C.A.S., Caldwell County NC Public School District
August 1, 2003
[More Results from Eagle Forum]
Universal Preschool Is No Golden Ticket: Why Government Should Not Enter the Preschool Business
Across the country legislators are deciding whether to require public school districts to provide no-fee
prekindergarten classes for all three- and four-year-olds.
Georgia and New York have implemented universal preschool
programs for four-year-olds.
Experience provides little reason to believe universal preschool would significantly benefit children, regardless of family income. For nearly 40 years, local, state, and
federal governments and diverse private sources have funded early intervention programs for low-income children, and benefits to the children have been few and fleeting. There
is also evidence that middle-class children gain little, if anything, from preschool.
by Darcy Ann Olsen
February 9, 1999
[More Results from CATO Institute]