Full-Day Pre-K Programs

Summary

This research brief explores the benefits of full-day pre-K programs in profiled districts. The brief explores considerations for funding, administration, instruction, and other operational elements of full-day pre-K programs. The brief also explores pre-K enrollment trends in the United States.

Key observations from our research

1. Offer full-day pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs to provide important services for economically disadvantaged students and their families.

2. Research on the long-term academic achievement of full-day pre-K students is inconclusive; nonetheless, research recommends investments in the quality of full-day pre-K programs to facilitate benefits to students beyond elementary school.

3. Invest district funds to cover the difference between state and/or federal funding and the cost of full-day programs.

4. To incur fewer costs during a transition to full-day pre-K programs, mitigate the need for additional instructional staff through strategic classroom consolidation and community partnerships.

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