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The essential elements of high-quality pre-K: An analysis of four exemplar programs

This paper examines four state or local pre-K programs that are proven to drive sustained academic outcomes at cost-effective or near cost-effective levels for children in low-income families. These programs include Boston Pre-K, New Jersey's Abbott pre-K, North Carolina's Pre-K (formerly More at Four), and Maryland's Extended Elementary Education Program (EEEP) and "Judy Centers." This paper is a written summary delineating which elements of high-quality programs are necessary for early learning that sticks. (author abstract)
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