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#1 User is offline   Gertie Keddle 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 01:02 PM

Elizabeth Warren’s Flawed Child-Care Plan
February 21, 2019 6:30 AM
National Review

Universal, government-funded pre-K may do more harm than good.

Elizabeth Warren, one of the — what is it now, 211 candidates for president? — seems intent on proving that having been a Harvard law professor is no bar to fatuous policy prescriptions. She has endorsed the farrago of foolishness called the Green New Deal, promises to tax the rich to “make the economy work for us,” and recently proposed a shiny new policy idea fresh from 1971: government-funded, universal pre-school.

Decade after decade, this old chestnut is trotted out as a pro-family, pro-middle-class reform, and every time, assumptions about government’s competence to perform this task are blithely assumed.


Not only are high-quality day cares rare, there is abundant data that day care can be harmful in large doses, especially for very young children, and particularly for boys. A Tennessee study found that kids enrolled in pre-K seemed at first to perform well on cognitive tests but fell behind their peers by third grade. “You have school systems that are pushing pre-K when they have demonstrably failing K-12 systems,” Dale Farran, one of the study’s authors told FiveThirtyEight. “It makes me cringe.”

The sort of program Senator Warren envisions has already been implemented — in the Canadian province of Quebec. Universal pre-school for just $5 (later $7) a day was introduced in 1997. The number of families placing their children in care increased by 33 percent. But a follow-up study in 2015 found that boys in day care showed more hyperactivity and aggression, while girls showed more separation anxiety. Quebec’s teenagers who had “benefitted” from the program were less happy with life in general than those from other provinces, and Quebec experienced a “sharp increase” in criminal behavior among those who had been in care.

Among the many cautionary notes to arise from the Canadian experience was the effect that universal pre-school had on parents. As the Atlantic reported last year, in “How Universal Child Care Affects Boys vs. Girls,” a 2015 study found that “girls with access to universal child care . . . . experienced fewer positive interactions with their own parents.” In particular, the parents of such girls were “two times less likely to spend time reading to, laughing with, or doing special activities like going to the library with their child.”


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 02:12 PM

My daughter attended Goddard School from age 2.5. She is now a high honors junior at the highest rated private school in Cincinnati.

Now this wasn't clearly a government-run pre-K program. I guess you get what pay for. . .


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