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IWPR Publication

The Price of School Readiness: A Tool for Estimating the Cost of Universal Preschool in the States
by Stacie Carolyn Golin, Ph.D., Anne W. Mitchell, Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (February 2004)

Families and communities throughout the United States are embracing early childhood education as an important and beneficial experience for children. Policymakers are beginning to view children’s access to early education as a public good, and are debating ideas such as universal preschool—even in this environment of fiscal uncertainty. However, there is still a lack of knowledge about the cost of preschool programs that would facilitate quality service delivery and positive outcomes for children and families.

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