November 2019

What Happens After Preschool Matters for Sustaining the Preschool Boost

Under what conditions do the benefits of large-scale public preschool last? How should elementary schools be designed to build on the gains in preschool? This post reviews recent studies of Boston Public Schools that find the quality of a child’s elementary school is a consistent predictor for whether the preschool “boost” lasts. The authors also describe inequities that can result from public Pre-K enrollment processes.

Author(s): Christina Weiland, Rebecca Unterman, Anna Shapiro, and Hirokazu Yoshikawa Organization: The Brookings Institution
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