Is Universal Preschool Beneficial? An Assessment of Rand Corporation's Analysis
Reason Foundation Policy Study No. 345, 2006
30 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2010
Date Written: 2006
This report assesses RAND Corporation’s cost benefit analysis and finds that it significantly overestimates the upsides and drastically underestimates the downsides of universal preschool and the California proposal. Using RAND's own data and alternative assumptions based on the studies they reference, it is easy to demonstrate that universal preschool generates losses of 25 to 30 cents for every dollar spent. And these losses are calculated before including any of the additional universal preschool program costs that RAND ignored in its analysis.
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