This new report from the Lexington Institute, "How sound an investment? An analysis of federal prekindergarten proposals," considers current proposals for federal involvement in prekindergarten (pre-K). It is misleading, however, with respect to both the provisions and likely consequences of those proposals. The report attempts to disparage the potential benefits of pre-K by presenting inaccurate information about public pre-K programs and their effects. Although the report provides some useful cautions about these programs, it exaggerates the relative importance of those cautions. The report's conclusions are grounded in a failure to consider other relevant research on pre-K's effectiveness and the relative merits of targeted and universal approaches to preschool education.
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Barnett, W. S. (2008). NEPC Review: How Sound an Investment? An Analysis of Federal Prekindergarten Proposals. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved [date] from https://scholar.colorado.edu/nepc/330
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