A neat rundown on new initiatives for universal pre-kindergarten, put together by the Democratic Leadership Council/Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington DC thinktank that’s on the rightish-side-of-the-left.
Children who attend high-quality preschool programs that prepare them to read and build cognitive, verbal, and social skills do measurably better in school and in life than kids who do not have that opportunity. They get better scores on academic achievement tests in school, go on to get better jobs, and are less likely to become dependent on welfare or to commit crimes.
Of one program, the authors noted:
Georgia began funding a universal pre-K program in 1993 with earmarked proceeds from a state lottery. Any 4-year-old child in the state is eligible to enroll. … A University of Georgia study found that the pre-K students improved their school readiness scores relative to national norms. It also found that the pre-K system eliminated the skills gap between universal pre-K students and the more affluent students whose parents sent them to private programs.