The Right Policy at the Right Time

The Pew Pre-Kindergarten Campaign

The Right Policy at the Right Time
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In 2001, The Pew Charitable Trusts learned of an important strategy that could dramatically improve children’s success but had been largely overlooked by policy makers—high-quality early education programs in the years just before kindergarten. Soon after, it launched a new campaign to highlight the evidence and advance policies at the state and federal levels to provide voluntary, high-quality pre-kindergarten for every three and four year old.

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?

July 1, 2010
Pre-K Now


  • October 3, 2011

    Using Pre-K to Advance Education Reform

    By strengthening linkages between pre-k programs and education reform agendas, Early Childhood Councils are well positioned to influence their states’ school improvement activities. This brief identifies specific steps councils can take to maximize their states’ investments in early education including aligning policy prior to and following Pre-K.

  • 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