Policy Documents

New Evidence Raises Doubts on Obama’s Preschool for All

Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst –
November 20, 2013

Essentially any positive claims researchers have made about government preschool programs are not supported by the evidence, says developmental psychologist Russ Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution. He reviews the first, gold-standard study of a modern preschool program, which is consistent with previous evidence showing essentially no benefit to children of government preschool. The study of Tennessee children found those who attended a state preschool program scored lower on cognitive ability than children who did not, had more behavior problems, and stronger negative attitudes about school.