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Should free, public preschool be universally available?

High-quality preschool which prioritizes both children’s emotional growth and skill development has been shown by research to greatly improve their readiness for elementary school and potentially their long-term outcomes. Free, public preschool would also provide an additional year of childcare, benefitting parents around the country. As a result, many people have begun to advocate for universal preschool. It is also important to consider, however, the potentially large cost of such an expansion of the public schooling system. So, should free, public preschool be universally available?

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What Boston Can Teach Us About Free Universal Preschool Education | WNYC
This clip from WNYC looks at Boston as a case study in universal preschool and how this might translate on a national scale.

A Look At California's Universal Preschool Program | CBS Los Angeles
In this segment, CBS news reports on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s bill to provide free transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-olds in the state.

The Case For Universal Pre-K Just Got Stronger | NPR’s Planet Money
This article discusses research by the National Bureau of Economic Research about the potential economic benefits of universal preschool.

What Does 'High-Quality' Preschool Look Like? | NPR Ed
This NPR Ed piece takes a deep-dive into a public preschool classroom in Oklahoma.

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