Pre-K for All: New study recommends ways to bring universal quality to universal access

The Institute’s New York City Early Childhood Research Network brings research scientists and public agency leaders together to learn from each other, conduct research and consider findings and their implications for public policy. Columbia University’s National Center for Children and Families at Teacher College, one of the Network’s research teams, have released their study that compared the implementation of the Pre-K for All initiative in community based programs and schools. Overall, researchers found that differences in Pre-K for All implementation have more to with the program oversight and resources than with the socio economic makeup of the neighborhoods in which program are located. The findings suggest that the goal of uniform quality could be accomplished by pollinating approaches across the system while allowing program providers to adapt early education to the specific needs of the children and diverse communities they serve. As the city moves to a unified system, the report also shares recommendations to providing access to high-quality preschool across all settings.

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