Photo: Micaela Bedell for Strategies for Children
Photo: Micaela Bedell for Strategies for Children

Sara Mead, a senior associate at Bellwether Education Partners, takes a look at the research on the effectiveness of early education in a recent posting  — Five Common Myths on Pre-K Evidence  — on her Education Week blog:

“An incredibly robust body of research indicates that quality pre-k can have positive impacts on children’s learning and lives, for kids at all income levels but particularly poor and at-risk children,” Mead concludes. “At the same time, this research shows that all preschool is not created equal–implementation and design choices make a difference in the results produced for kids and the return on investment. And there are no free rides–if we want to provide kids with pre-k, we need to make the hard choices to find ways to pay for it. That means that any effort to expand children’s access to quality pre-k in the U.S. has incredibly hard work ahead — but it’s work that’s well worth doing and has a deep evidence base to support it, not just about the benefits of pre-k, but also about how to do it well to get results.”