The Top 10 Myths About Preschool

Source: Katie Hamm and Juliana Herman, Center for American Progress, June 25, 2013

From the summary:
Even though the arguments for investing in early childhood are compelling, there are still critics of expanding access to preschool. Their criticisms, however, are often based on misconceptions about early childhood education. Because high-quality preschool is exceptionally important to the future strength of our nation, it is imperative that we get the facts straight.

This issue brief debunks the top 10 myths about early childhood education and the president’s plan to expand preschool access.
Myth No. 1: Preschool is too expensive
Myth No. 2: The federal government should not have a role in funding preschool
Myth No. 3: Preschool doesn’t work, and the effects are overstated
Myth No. 4: The effects of preschool fade out over time
Myth No. 5: Middle-class families don’t need preschool
Myth No. 6: We don’t need more publicly funded preschool because most children already participate
Myth No. 7: Federal funds for preschool means Head Start expansion
Myth No. 8: Effects achieved in programs such as the Perry Preschool Project have never been replicated to scale
Myth No. 9: The Perry Preschool Project is too old to be relevant
Myth No. 10: Preschool expansion will compromise families’ decision-making role