Government Preschool Delivers Few Results

State Sen. Pat Browne is quoted on John Micek’s blog Wednesday, citing an oft-repeated claim that government funding for preschool is one of the “best investments” of taxpayer money:

“There’s no area where we’ve seen such policy success in the last 10 years as early-childhood,” said Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, the vice-chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “We turned the corner and now we lead the nation in the success of our at-risk children.”

In contrast, the evidence is clear that state preschool funding yields few, if any, positive long-term effects.