We get it that pre-K is the hot new thing in education – but are 4-year-olds really 'students'?
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Early childhood education, or pre-K (pre-kindergarten) has been the new big thing in educational circles for a few years now.
So when President Obama mentioned preschool earlier this year, Harvard's Graduate School of Education took note. As a news release from the school put it, "President Obama in his State of the Union address became the first president to propose universal early childhood education in our nation's history. This potential signature initiative of his second administration raises important questions at the nexus of policy, practice and research."
The document asked: "How should a major expansion of early childhood education be funded? What should universal early childhood education look like? How can the promise of small-scale demonstration programs be fulfilled at scale?"