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DLC | Blueprint Magazine | December 13, 2020
Universal Preschool
By Sen. Tom Carper
A national investment to ensure that universal pre-K programs like those in Georgia and Oklahoma are available everywhere would be money well spent.

DLC | New Dem Daily | September 10, 2020
Idea of the Week: A National Pre-K Strategy
A new PPI report lays out a realistic national strategy for early childhood education aimed at creating high-quality preschool opportunities for all 4-year-olds through a federal-state partnership and a commitment to accountability for results.

PPI | Policy Report | September 8, 2020
Open the Preschool Door, Close the Preparation Gap
By Sara Mead
Universal access to prekindergarten is a way to provide starting blocks to the most disadvantaged children so they can compete on an equal footing.

DLC | New Dem Daily | December 20, 2020
Idea of the Week: Pre-K for a Smart Start
North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt's "Smart Start" program promotes educational and cognitive-development "value-added" in every arena from early childhood health care, to family social services, to child care, to pre-K schooling. And it targets resources to children and families most in need.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 2020
Universal Preschool: Kids Need an Early Start
By Isabel Sawhill
Universal preschool education may be the best investment Americans can make in our children's education - and our nation's future.

DLC | The New Democrat | November 1, 2020
Making Head Start Smart
By Ed Kilgore
This fall Congress passed and President Clinton signed a Head Start reauthorization bill that shifted a significant portion of new federal funds from Head Start expansion to quality improvements, especially in its educational preparation efforts.

DLC | New Dem Daily | October 2, 2020
Idea of the Week: Making Head Start Smart
Regardless of the vehicle for pre-K education, the key to success is the same as for other levels of public education: focus on outcomes, not just inputs; create high common standards while encouraging innovative ways to achieve them; insist on accountability for everyone involved; and keep expectations high for what children can learn.

DLC | The New Democrat | July 1, 2020
Is Head Start Smart?
By Diane Ravitch
Restoring the original promise of America's favorite social program.

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