A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education:
What does it take to get preschool right?
Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales — like this one from Tennessee — than success stories.
Today’s release from The Learning Policy Institute, “The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States,” helps balance the preschool debate by highlighting a handful of states that appear to be getting pre-K right: Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina.
Here’s a quick primer on each program and a few reasons why the LPI thinks they’re working.