Document Number: 9624Reducing Poverty through Preschool Interventions - This article argues for an intensive, national pre-k program targeted to "economically disadvantaged" three- and four-year-olds as an anti-poverty strategy. The authors estimate that such a program would cost $8,000 per child annually with an additional $4,000 for "wrap-around" services, but would have a benefit-cost ratio between 4:1 and 7:1 and reduce poverty by 5 to 15 percent. They also point out that this program would confer short-term economic benefits by allowing more parents to enter the workforce. (Future of Children, July 2007)...
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