From the press release:
New per-child, per-hour analysis informs ongoing debate on pre-k expansion
In light of the growing demand for high-quality pre-kindergarten programs and concerns about poor quality programs in some of the country’s largest states, a report released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) helps decision makers estimate the costs of quality improvements.
The report, “Meaningful Investments in Pre-K: Estimating the Per-Child Costs of Quality Programs,” examines the costs associated with improvements to teacher education (and pay) and class-size, two major components of pre-k that have a large impact on child outcomes. By these criteria, three of the largest states in the country – California, Florida, and Texas – have poor quality pre-k programs.