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ERIC Number: ED579818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education
Yoshikawa, Hirokazu; Weiland, Christina; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne; Burchinal, Margaret R.; Espinosa, Linda M.; Gormley, William T.; Ludwig, Jens; Magnuson, Katherine A.; Phillips, Deborah; Zaslow, Martha J.
Society for Research in Child Development
The expansion of publicly-funded preschool education is currently the focus of a prominent debate. At present, 42% of 4-year-olds attend publicly funded preschool (28% attend public prekindergarten programs, 11% Head Start, and 3% special education preschool programs). A vigorous debate about the merits of preschool education is underway, although at times it has not included the most recent available evidence. The goal of this brief is to provide a non-partisan, thorough, and up-to-date review of the current science and evidence base on early childhood education (ECE). Our interdisciplinary group of early childhood experts reviewed rigorous evidence on why early skills matter, the short- and long-term effects of preschool programs on children's school readiness and life outcomes, the importance of program quality, which children benefit from preschool (including evidence on children from different family income backgrounds), and the costs versus benefits of preschool education. We focus on preschool (early childhood education) for four-year-olds, with some review of the evidence for three-year-olds when relevant. We do not discuss evidence regarding programs for 0-3 year olds.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development
Authoring Institution: Society for Research in Child Development
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED577788