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Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education

October 2013

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Christina Weiland, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Margaret R. Burchinal, Linda M. Espinosa, William T. Gormley, Jens Ludwig, Katherine A. Magnuson, Deborah Phillips, Martha J. Zaslow


This report aims to provide a review of the current science and evidence base on early childhood education. Experts outline several key findings in support of large-scale public preschool programs. This includes benefits to low-income children along with middle-class children and students with special needs.

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Policy Implications

The importance of preschool is still heavily debated. In order to achieve universal preschool, large increases in public funding would have to occur. Before lawmakers can support such programs, an analysis of the economic impact and long-term benefits for children must be conducted.

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