Report: Pre-K in the South: Preserving the Region’s Comparative Advantage in Education
Report » Pre-K in the South: Preserving the Region’s Comparative Advantage in Education
Southern Education Foundation
"An overwhelming body of independent research continues to confirm that high-quality Pre-K helps young children become school-ready better than any other single investment. Pre-K’s effects in the longer term also make it an essential strategy today to help turn around a century-old pattern in which the South lags behind the nation in educational attainment and personal income. Today high-quality Pre-K is likely the single most effective investment for improving Southern education for both the short term and the long term. Despite the importance of Pre-K, the South’s leadership in this field may be in jeopardy. Southern legislatures are considering state budgets in the face of sharply reduced state revenues. In the first nine months of 2009, state revenues in the South declined by approximately $30 billion from the same period in 2008 (which had sharply reduced revenues from 2007)."