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An archive of research links and resources highlighting preschool, kindergarten and child research studies, conducted by educational and independent sources and how they relate to childhood development, family cohesiveness and educational values.

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May 27, 2010

Don't color Veronique de Rugy shocked, shocked to find that government spending crowds out private investment, but the results of the new study by Harvard Business School will certainly shock some Keynesian academics - and high-ranking government official

Recent research at Harvard Business School began with the premise that as a state's congressional delegation grew in stature and power in Washington, D.C., local businesses would benefit from the increased federal spending sure to come their way. It turned out quite the opposite. In fact, professors Lauren Cohen, Joshua Coval, and Christopher Malloy discovered to their surprise that companies experienced lower sales and retrenched by cutting payroll, R&D, and other expenses. Indeed, in the years that followed a congressman's ascendancy to the chairmanship of a powerful committee, the average firm in his state cut back capital expenditures by roughly 15 percent, according to their working paper, "Do Powerful Politicians Cause Corporate Downsizing?" "It was an enormous surprise, at least to us, to learn that the average firm in the chairman's state did not benefit at all from the unanticipated increase in spending," Coval reports.


May 17, 2010

Researchers tracked the pesticides' breakdown products in kids' urine and found those with high levels were almost twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with undetectable levels.

The findings are based on data from the general U.S. population, meaning that exposure to the pesticides could be harmful even at levels commonly found in children's environment. Organophosphates were originally developed for chemical warfare, and they are known to be toxic to the nervous system.

Salt Lake Tribune

by Brooke Adams

May 3, 2010

Numerous studies, both here and in other parts of the country, have highlighted the struggles of youth who age out of foster care, finding they are more likely to be homeless, unemployed, under-educated and in jail.

One report released this month found nearly 60 percent of young men had been convicted of a crime, compared with 10 percent of young men who had never been in foster care. For women, three-quarters were on public assistance by age 24.

April 30, 2010

Bill Weihl, head of Google Energy, revealed on Friday at the Earth2Tech Green.Net event that the subsidiary might help the search engine giant access renewable energy to power its massive data centers, according to a report by Data Center Knowledge.

Google formed the new subsidiary to purchase and sell power on the wholesale market. Weihl tried to put an end to the recent speculation surrounding the subsidiary, joking that Google was not looking to be the next Enron as an energy trading power broker. He did, however, offer a situation where Google Energy could help supply the company with renewable energy for its data centers. "Supposing we had a facility somewhere in the Midwest and have power contracts," Weihl said, adding that Google normally signs multi-year utility contracts. "Let's say there's a developer who wants to build a wind farm on land nearby. We'd love to buy the power from that wind farm." In order to accomplish this project, Google would need to sign a deal with the developer that required it to purchase the wind power it generates. This could potentially put Google in a position where the company would have to pay for energy before its existing multi-year agreement ends. But if Google Earth is able to buy and sell power, the subsidiary could sign a deal to buy power from the local wind farm. The company could then resell that power on the open market until its current utility deal ends and use the renewable power to operate its own data center.

Los Angeles Times

by Carla Rivera

April 19, 2010

Children enrolled in Los Angeles Universal Preschool programs made significant improvements in the social and emotional skills needed to do well in kindergarten, according to a study released Monday.

The study, commissioned by the organization and conducted by the San-Jose-based Applied Survey Research, measured the readiness skills of 437 children at 24 preschools in the fall of 2008 and reassessed 364 of those children in sping 2009.

The New York Times

by Erik Eckholm

April 15, 2010

Only half the youths who had turned 18 and 'aged out' of foster care were employed by their mid-20s.

6 in 10 men had been convicted of a crime, and 3 in 4 women, many of them with children of their own, were receiving some form of public assistance. Only 6 in 100 had completed a community college degree. The dismal outlook for youths who are thrust into a shaky adulthood from the foster care system - now numbering some 30,000 annually - has been documented with new precision by a long-term study...

The American Spectator

by Joseph Lawler

April 15, 2010

Last week AEI education scholar Frederick Hess mentioned a study that found that Milwaukee's school voucher system -- the first of its kind in a major U.S. city -- has shown disappointing results.

Students in the voucher program are performing no better than public school students on tests, according to this study. Hess took those findings to suggest that at the least the voucher system in Milwaukee has not been the panacea that school-choice proponents have promised. Matt Yglesias took it one step further and called the program a "failure."

Education Next

by Elizabeth U. Cascio

March 8, 2010

More than four decades after the first model preschool interventions, there is an emerging consensus that high-quality early-childhood education can improve a child's economic and social outcomes over the long term.

Publicly funded kindergarten is available to virtually all children in the U.S. at age five, but access to preschool opportunities for children four years old and younger remains uneven across regions and socioeconomic groups. Parents with financial means have the option of enrolling their child in a private program at their own expense.

The Dartmouth

by Stephen Kirkpatrick

March 8, 2010

Enrolling students in kindergarten and other early education programs may have little effect on their future success, according to a new study by economics professor Elizabeth Cascio.

The study analyzed the relative success of students born between 1954 and 1978 in 24 states that began funding universal kindergarten programs after 1960. The sample included students who attended elementary school before and after the implementation of kindergarten programs, according to the study.

January 12, 2010

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