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ERIC Number: ED509486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-2
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
More Government Preschool: An Expensive and Unnecessary Middle-Class Subsidy. Backgrounder. No. 2378
Burke, Lindsey M.
Heritage Foundation
Federal spending on early childhood education and care exceeds $25 billion annually. President Obama and other proponents of taxpayer-funded universal preschool want to add $10 billion as an incentive for the states to expand their early childhood education and care programs--with the goal of giving all children access to state-subsidized preschool. Why is this a bad idea? Because the majority of America's young children already attend preschool--and a new federal program that provides financial incentives for states to expand preschool would become an expensive and unnecessary taxpayer subsidy for middle-class and upper-income children. "Free" preschools would also crowd out private preschool programs, limiting choice and options for parents. Heritage Foundation education policy expert Lindsey Burke explains why more government control and spending will not help America's children. (Contains 2 charts and 59 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation