Is Universal Pre-K the Answer?

By Julia Baumel — November 22, 2021

Despite the fact that pre-K has proven to have positive effects on children, the national, universal pre-K program proposed in the reconciliation bill may not be the best way to help our kids. In this paper, The New Center examines the pre-K literature to determine how the U.S. might promote the long-term learning and development of our youngest citizens.

Facts At-A-Glance

  • 61% of low-income families do not have any children's books in their homes

  • Those who attend pre-K are 39% more likely to finish college.

  • Only 15 states include social and emotional learning—an important component of early childhood education emphasized in pre-K—in their kindergarten standards

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