Recent analyses of data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that economically disadvantaged children who attended a Texas public pre-kindergarten program (Texas pre-K) are less likely to be retained or participate in special education programs in first, second, or third grades. CFRP compared rates of retention and special education services among economically disadvantaged first, second, and third graders who either attended Texas pre-K or did not, and examined the associated cost savings. In the 2013-2014 school year, Texas spent $127 million less on special education programs and nearly $15 million less because fewer kids were retained. Add these savings to the mounting evidence that children who attend high-quality pre-kindergarten programs have better academic outcomes, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are less likely to use public services compared to children who do not attend pre-kindergarten, and Texas pre-K is a program that has a substantial return on investment for Texas kids and the state.
New Brief: Short-term Savings Associated with Texas Pre-K Nearly $142 Million Per Year
April 29, 2015