Tag:Smart Start

  • Consensus Requires Solid Data

    Virtually all of North Carolina’s relative improvement in test scores occurred during the 1990s — before Smart Start and other much-touted reforms could have caused it.

  • Flasback: The Other Child-Care News

    The latest findings from a prominent child-care study undercut the assumptions behind North Carolina’s expensive preschool interventions — but most of the media attention went elsewhere.

  • A Wiser Choice Than Preschool

    Contrary to popular impression, there has never been good evidence for the notion that preschool intervention explains differences in educational attainment.

  • The Other Child-Care News

    The latest findings from a prominent child-care study undercut the assumptions behind North Carolina’s expensive preschool interventions — but most of the media attention went elsewhere.

  • North Carolina Preschool Programs Grow

    RALEIGH -- Pre-kindergarten education is a growth industry across the United States, and North Carolina is no exception with its costly Smart Start and More at Four programs. But before policymakers can understand whether pre-K programs are worthwhile, effective, wasteful, or absolutely essential, it makes sense to figure out what…

  • Smart Start Strikes Again

    North Carolina’s most cleverly named social program has again proven its PR skills with a new report claiming educational benefits that, on closer inspection, prove far less than advertised.

  • Dumb Start

    Smart Start may well be the most successful public policy initiative ever hatched in North Carolina - if one defines success as getting good press. Not just in North Carolina but nationally, the program has received lavish praise for "investing in children."…