Bonus Fact Check: Government Preschool

One point that has been raised during the Rendell administration’s taxpayer funding lobbying campaign for higher taxes was the benefits of the Pre-K Counts programs.

On this, we have no quibble with the facts being presented – that is, student enrolled in preschool perform well in Kindergarten, and even in 1st Grade. 

Of course, Rendell’s cheerleading team doesn’t note that positive effects of preschool fade over time, generally disappearing after 3rd grade.  Preschool fails to offer long-term academic benefits, and states with universal preschool haven’t improved academically.

Nor do they note that preschool has historically been provided privately, and instead of supporting additional choices for parents, state programs tend to crowd out private providers.