The data are clear that early childhood education pays social and financial dividends

In recent years national investment in early childhood education has increased exponentially, a notable example being in New York City. The City’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten was established in 1998 and included half-day, full-day, and extended-day alternatives. In the fall of 2014, New York City launched the historic Pre-K for All initiative with the goal of providing universal access to free, full-day, high-quality programming for all of New York City’s 4-year olds and is planning to expand the program to 3-year-olds. Metis researchers were part of a team that conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Pre-K for All initiative to assess the implementation and outcomes of this effort. As a demonstration of its commitment to learning and quality improvement, the city—the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE), in cooperation with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)—undertook the evaluation beginning in 2014 as a means of gaining actionable information to inform implementation. The evaluation reports can be found here:

Curriculum and Instruction - 2016 (in PDF)
Expansion Rollout - 2016 (in PDF)
Family Engagement and Communications - 2016 (in PDF)
Family Perceptions - 2016 (in PDF)
Program Supports - 2016 (in PDF)
Snapshot of Student Learning - 2016 (in PDF)
Using Data for Programmatic and Instructional Purposes - 2016 (in PDF)