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1 February 2008

2 February Pre-Kindergarten Research and the National Picture Tennessee Senate Education Committee February 13, 2008 Stephanie Rubin, J.D.

3 February Pre-K Now… An advocacy and public education organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and other funders. Collaborates with state advocates and policymakers to lead a movement for high quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds.

4 February Increased Educational Success –Less grade repetition –Less special education –Improved social behavior and cognitive abilities –Higher high school graduation rates Increased Life Success –Lower teenage pregnancy rates –Less involvement in crime –Higher employment and earnings Children Benefit from High-Quality Pre-K

5 February Benefits of Pre-K: Four Outstanding Studies High/Scope Perry Preschool Abecedarian Chicago-Child Parent Centers (CPC) Tulsa Public Schools Pre-K Program

6 February Perry Preschool: Educational Effects Source: National Institute for Early Education Research

7 February Perry Preschool: Economic Effects at Age 40 Source: National Institute for Early Education Research

8 February Perry Preschool: Chronic Lawbreakers by Age 40 Source: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation Program No Program

9 February Cost Savings per $1 Invested Perry Pre-K$16 Abecedarian$2.5 CPC$10 Includes savings from less welfare usage, decreased crime and incarceration costs (except for Abecedarian), and higher participant productivity/earnings Economic Returns of Pre-K

10 February Effects of Tulsa Pre-k Program by Race/Ethnicity of Student Source: The Effects of Oklahomas Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program on School Readiness. Gormley, W. (2004). Georgetown University Center for Research on Children in the U.S.

11 February In reading, middle SES children are further behind upper SES children than low SES children are behind middle SES children Scale Score Beginning kindergartners reading achievement by socioeconomic status Low SES High SES

12 February Source: Inequality at the Starting Gate, Lee and Burkam (2002). Economic Policy Institute. Data source: NCES, The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of (ECLS-K) Socioeconomic Status (SES) Percent of beginning kindergartners in each SES level who do not know their letters As Children Enter Kindergarten: about one-third of middle income children do not know the alphabet about one-quarter of upper-middle income children do not know the alphabet

13 February New Studies of K-12 and Societal Savings New RAND Corporation Study in CA shows more than $2 savings for every dollar spent on a pre-k for all program in CA Recent studies by economists in LA, NY and WI show savings to K-12 from quality pre-k: -- Lower grade retention -- Less special ed -- Increased classroom efficiency

14 February Good Research Resource National Institute for Early Education Research

15 February Growth of state support for pre-k nationwide

16 February Pre-K for All Legislation and funding in place: Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma Legislation in place and being phased in: New York, West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa School funding formula: Iowa, Maine, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Vermont, District of Columbia, West Virginia Pre-K Access Access increased a remarkable 18% between and Nationwide, nearly 950,000 children attended state pre-k The South continues to outpace all other regions of the country

17 February States get a 9 or 10 on NIEERs 10-Point Scale Source: National Institute for Early Education Research Alabama – 10 Arkansas – 9 Illinois – 9 New Jersey – 9 North Carolina – 10 Oklahoma – 9 Tennessee – 9

18 February Stephanie Rubin State Program Director Pre-K Now F St, NW Suite 900 Washington, DC voice fax

19 February a nation where every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Pre-K Nows vision…


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