Pre-K Now
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Pre-K Now



The Pew Charitable Trusts completed its 10-year campaign to advance high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds in 2011. Through its successes, Pre-K Now changed the national conversation about pre-k education, and in its final report, challenged the nation’s policy makers to transform public education by moving away from the current K-12 system to pre-K-12.


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Why Pre-K Matters

We know from more than 50 years of research that vital learning happens before age five. Yet, for decades, policy makers and education leaders have been working to “fix” public education while overlooking the demonstrated benefits of pre-kindergarten education. To ensure that all children fulfill their potential as individuals and citizens, we must re-imagine public education as a system that begins not with kindergarten, but with quality pre-k, and builds on that foundation to raise performance in later grades.


September 1, 2011

Transforming Public Education

In its final report, Pre-K Now challenges our nation's policymakers to transform public education by moving from a K-12 to an evidence-based pre-K-12 system. More
October 12, 2011

Video: Marking a Decade of Pre-K Milestones

 A decade of pre-k policy wins has made a pre-K-12 education system within our nation's reach. More
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  • September 1, 2011

    Transforming Public Education

    In its final report, Pre-K Now laid out a strategy to transform public education by moving from the current K-12 model to a more effective, evidence-based pre-K-12 system.


  • June 1, 2011

    Pre-K as School Turnaround Strategy

    This issue brief highlights how investing limited funds in proven early education programs can raise student achievement and improve school performance.


  • February 1, 2011

    On the Home Front

    This issue brief from Pre-K Now details the results of an Internet survey of 500 military households exploring the challenges facing military families with young children.


  • January 3, 2011

    Creative State Pre-K Policies Offer Smart Federal Opportunities

    This brief highlights some of the most promising state efforts to fund high-quality Pre-K programs and offers recommendations to help federal policy makers support and encourage greater expansion. more

  • August 2, 2010

    Lessons in Early Learning

    This 2010 report looked at how Montgomery County Public Schools used local and federal dollars to craft, implement and improve a system-wide education reform strategy built on a foundation of providing high-quality pre-k education.

  • July 1, 2010

    Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K

    This 2010 report identified policies that can enhance family engagement in state pre-kindergarten and highlighted examples from states that are leading the way.

  • July 1, 2010

    The Right Policy at the Right Time

    This 2010 report answered two questions: How did the campaign build a successful national movement to advance pre-k? And: How can we use the lessons learned to inform public debates on other policies essential to help children thrive?


  • May 3, 2010

    Formula for Success

    This report discussed the benefits and challenges integrating early education into states’ general education funding structures and explored the different models for employing such a strategy. more

  • April 1, 2010

    The Case for Pre-K in Education Reform

    This brief from Pre-K Now highlighted findings from evaluations of state-funded pre-k programs that continue to document gains in key measures of student learning, including early literacy, math and vocabulary; reduced need for special and remedial education; and significantly lower incidences of grade retention. more

  • April 1, 2010

    Pre-K & the Race to the Top

    This report informed education advocates and stakeholders about the innovative strategies that states used to include pre-k in their Phase 1 proposals for Race to the Top.