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Benefits of preschool for all

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Research on the benefits of preschool education: securing high returns from preschool for all children
Barnett, W. Steven
Publication Date: 
10 Jan 2006

Excerpts from the presentation:

Why preschool for all children?

- Investing early can yield high returns and is pro-growth
- School failure is not just a problem for children in poverty
- Universal programs are more cost-effective than targeted programs

Why not target pre-K?

- Targeting is costly and imperfect
- Head Start misses most poor children
- Benefits do not stop at the poverty line
- Many non-poor have similar problems
- Benefits greater when all children exposed to Pre-K