Preschool: The Most Important Grade

April 2003

Research confirms long-term benefits of high-quality early education.

"Preschool: The Most Important Grade" by W. Steven Barnett and Jason T. Hustedt

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"...preschool will fulfill its promise only if educators take on the hard work of developing and implementing sound policy. This challenge will require higher standards, greater accountability, and increased public funding." NIEER Director Steven Barnett and NIEER Research Associate Jason Hustedt's article in the April issue of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Educational Leadership magazine presents evidence of the benefits of early education, takes a look at state initiatives such as universal pre-k, and offers policy recommendations for the future of early education programs including Head Start.