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ERIC Number: ED534360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does It Matter? Preschool Policy Brief. Issue 15
Barnett, W. Steven; Yarosz, Donald J.
National Institute for Early Education Research
In a world shaped by global competition, preschool education programs play an increasingly vital role in child development and school readiness. There is growing awareness that early learning's impacts persist across children's life spans, affecting educational achievement, adult earning and even crime and delinquency. Preschool education is increasingly seen as a middle-income essential. In 2005, two-thirds of 4-year-olds and more than 40 percent of 3-year-olds were enrolled in a preschool education program. This represents a substantial increase over earlier decades, particularly at age 4. The evidence indicates the increase in enrollment has not reached all segments of the population equally and there are variations in participation rates regionally within the U.S. This report seeks to identify these important differences and shed light on how income, education, ethnicity, family structure, maternal employment and geography relate to preschool education program participation. (Contains 1 table, 10 figures and 21 endnotes.)
National Institute for Early Education Research. Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, 73 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Tel: 848-932-4350; Fax: 732-932-4360; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts
Authoring Institution: National Institute for Early Education Research
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey
IES Cited: ED531483