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What's the ROI on Early Childhood Education

Preschool isn't just about school.

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Comparing the Big 3 Studies

Characteristics of the Perry, Abecedarian, and Chicago Child-Parent Centers preschool programs

  Perry Preschool Abecedarian Chicago Child-Parent Centers
Program Characteristics      
Location city and state Ypsilanti, MI Chapel Hill, NC Chicago, IL
Program description Preschool Eductional childcare Preschool
Curriculum Cognitive development Language development Language development
Enrollment age 3 to 4 years 6 to 12 weeks 3 years
Calendar Academic year 50 weeks per year Academic year; 6 week summer program
Number of days per week 5 5 5
Length of day 2.5 hours 8 hours 3 hours
Child-teacher ratio 5:1 3:1 for infants to 6:1 for children age 5 8.5:1
Teacher qualifications Master’s degree; Child development training Experience working with young children; In-service training Bachelor’s degree; Certified in early childhood education
In-home visits 1.5 hours per week None listed As part of outreach services
Parental involvement Monthly meetings None listed Half-day per week
Health services None listed On-site pediatric care Health screening; speech therapy; nursing services
Nutrition None listed Free breakfast, lunch, snack Free and reduced price meals


Source: Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky; its report is called, “Costs and Benefits of Early Childhood Education.”

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Feb 6, 2013 05:03 am
 Posted by  tdw

This is complicated and would be simplified for action if a concept of positive expectation were used with high risk factors (actions not taken) for after pre-k resulting in a low present value of positive expectations. Low risk factors (actions taken) resulting in higher PVofPE-Prek. Actions are after age 6.

See table of this thinking. http://www.usa-positive-expectations.com/PVofPE-Prek.html

It is much more actionalble with follow on no choice ERSD-RA and FTFRTFT Socratic thinking

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