Like any good manufacturing hub, the Midwest has exported its expertise throughout the country. Oklahoma has dramatically expanded its state pre-K programs since 1998; 75% of four-year-olds are now enrolled. Guess what?Their leaders were inspired by the Ypsilanti study. Washington, DC has ramped up its public pre-K programs over the last decade; 92% of four-year-olds and 69% of three-year-olds were enrolled last year. One of the key local figures in the expansion was a former lead teacher in the Perry program. Iowa has been expanding public pre-K for the last five years—state documents cite Perry and the CPC in support of their efforts. Georgia’s Department of Education does the same. Heck, the research is even an international export. In the 1990s, Quebec policymakers saw the Midwest’s programs and funded universal pre-K (and child care)...Meanwhile, Michigan has no state program offering preschool to three-year-olds.Click here to read the rest!
Update, 02/14/2014, 13:55: The post is now up at the Washington Post's "Answer Sheet" blog. Click here to read it there."