Ignorance is not bliss
Dunn is referring to a study just released by the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller contracted Strategic Research Group (available here: www.comptroller1.state.tn.us/Reposito...). The study assesses the Impact of Tennessee’s Pre-K Program & refers to Tennessee’s state-funded Pilot and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program. @Mom4 it is not that there isn’t a place for prek for some families such as yours, only that it has no lasting affect and if we in TN really care about helping children we should spend the tens of millions wasted on this program in ways that actually do help children.
The most definitive study of preschool, the Head Start Impact Study and Follow-up, 2000–2011 showed virtually all academic effects disappear by the end of 1st grade. Some preschool programs may provide some (most likely short term) gains for some children and if money grew on trees we would all happily agree to provide it for all TN children, however as that is not the case we need to use our limited funds to support programs that provide a more lasting and measurable impact, such as services/programs which help children get up to grade level, prevent them from dropping out, help troubled or at risk youth or better prepare students for college level work (so they don't drop out of college) rather than fund a questionable program that happens to have powerful or noisy sponsors.