Assessing the President's Preschool Plan

Assessing the President’s Preschool Plan

March 14, 2013 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every child in America. But questions abound: Is universal preschool politically and fiscally feasible—or even educationally necessary? Should we be expending federal resources on universal pre-K or targeting true Kindergarten-readiness programs for the neediest kids? How robust is the evidence of lasting impacts? And what exactly is the president proposing?

Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a review of the research on preschool education and a lively debate on the prospects of the president’s preschool plan.


Mead_edited.jpg Sara Mead, associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners and former director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation
gwhitehurst_edited.jpg Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution and former director of the Institute for Education Sciences


20110608_Petrilli_03.jpg Michael J. Petrilli, executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute