Public prekindergarten programs have been identified as a preeminent policy for reducing racial and income-based inequalities among young children. Urban Institute researchers analyzed access to the purportedly “universal” prekindergarten in Washington, DC. The 2008 Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Amendment Act aimed to improve access, although currently just 71 percent of 3-year-olds and 87 percent of 4-year-olds are in public pre-k. Researchers examined the applicant and lottery process comparing community demographics. They found that the characteristics of children matched to pre-k programs were almost identical to the characteristics of all applicants, which is encouraging, but overall uptake may not be enough to advance equity. #education #racialequity
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