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Preschool for all? Look who benefits — and who won't

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It's tough to tell who's cheering louder for President Obama's proposed $70 billion-plus Preschool for All early-childhood education “investment”: the liberal intelligentsia savoring this latest pander or the public school unions that will reap its full reward.

And what of little Johnny and Susie in this glorified baby-sitting service? Academically, they're no better off than if they remain home. Studies show as much.

But when the program's funding (from cigarette taxes) inevitably falls short, there'll be an outcry that this initiative simply must be preserved — much in the same way that proponents of Head Start are fighting to preserve their turf, which has been exposed as dry and dead by the government's own analysis.

The 2012 Department of Health and Human Services study determined that children in the federal preschool program fared no better than their non-Head Start peers by the third grade. “If you look at the results, not only is there no evidence of some of the big, lofty social goals ... there's even very little evidence for the more modest educational goals,” says Shikha Dalmia, a senior analyst at the Reason Foundation.

And those preschool success stories touted by Mr. Obama? Reason took a closer look and found the evidence of education benefit to be minimal at best, The Daily Caller reports.

So, if these government preschool programs don't benefit children, who does benefit? Why, the compensated cheerleaders, of course.

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