Universal pre-K– now!

Planet Money’s Greg Rosalsky sums up the latest very compelling research on the benefits of pre-K.  Added to previous research, there can only be one reasonable public policy conclusion.  Invest in pre-K and do it now.  There’s potentially huge benefits that mean materially and non-materially better lives for millions of Americans.

It is possible that at a truly national scale we wouldn’t see these benefits?  Maybe.  But at this point, the clear preponderance of the evidence is that this an absolutely great investment of public resources.  Maybe such that even Republicans can recognize this, too.  I also kind of love that the impact is not on test scores, but on all the far more subtle ways that help lead these kids to be successful and productive members of society.  Let’s make this happen.  

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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