ALGER: Obama’s underperforming preschool plan

Head Start brings children to a standstill

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The solution starts by letting parents choose the early education options they think are best for their children.

Let parents who can afford it pay for whatever preschool they wish and take a dollar-for-dollar deduction off their taxes. For parents who cannot afford to do so, establish Early Education Savings Accounts, based on Arizona’s successful K-12 model. Instead of funneling more money into Head Start or other government programs, deposit what would have been spent on a child into parents’ Early Education Savings Accounts, adjusted according to family income and size.

If the benefits of preschool are as potent as hoped, proponents should have no objection to a variety of early-education options, chosen by parents and funded in a fiscally responsible way.

We know what doesn’t work. Let’s empower parents to discover what does work for their children.

Vicki E. Alger is senior fellow and director of the Women for School Choice Project at the Independent Women’s Forum and a research fellow at the Independent Institute.

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