Study Raises Questions About Value of Early Education

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Almost half of California's kids under the age of five are low-income or speak English as a second language. Most experts agree on the benefit of public preschool programs as a way to prepare these children and reduce the "achievement gap" in the state's classrooms. But as California considers adopting universal preschool for low-income kids, a new study is questioning the long-term benefits of these programs. We examine the research.


David L. Kirp, professor of public policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, senior fellow, Center on Children and Families in the Economic Studies program; Brookings Institution

Scott Moore, executive director, Kidango Inc., a non-profit that provides early education in California