local reports

Reports show the need for high-quality Pre-K here in Forsyth County and present us with a path forward:

Forsyth County 2021–2022 Early Childhood Education Task Force Report

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Task Force was
established in the spring of 2021 to help determine
recommendations and create a plan for the implementation of a Pre—K system in Forsyth County to provide all families with the opportunity to enroll their children in a high-quality program.


Summary & Findings

With the support of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Pre‑K Priority has invested in significant research to help understand the landscape of Pre‑K in our community and chart a path forward. Find the summary here.

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Findings & Recommendations

See what the Pre-K Priority’s research shows about the state of Pre‑K in our community and how we can move the needle in Forsyth County in more detail here.


Full Report

With the support of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Pre‑K Priority has invested in significant research to help understand the landscape of Pre‑K in our community and chart a path forward. Read the full report here.

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Benchmark Survey

Find out what residents of Forsyth County think about high-quality Pre‑K.


Position Paper: Universal Pre-K Initiative

Read the rationale for providing high-quality Pre‑K for every child in Forsyth County.

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Forsyth Futures Pre-K Feasibility Study Report

Learn more about the perceptions, existing utilization, and interest in Pre‑K/preschool services for families in Forsyth County.

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Pre-K Feasibility Study Summary Report

This report is a summary of the key findings for the full Pre-K Feasibility Study report.

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Pre-K Key Findings Presentation

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Attaining Educational Equity in Forsyth County through High-Quality Pre-K

This report addresses the urgent need for Forsyth County to develop and adopt a formal community plan for establishing a high-quality Pre-K system.

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state reports

The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects

A Pre-K Task Force of interdisciplinary scientists reviewed the evidence on the impact of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs.

Evaluation of North Carolina’s Smart Start and NC PreK Programs: Follow-Up Through Eighth Grade

In this report researchers from Duke University evaluate the impact of North Carolina’s Smart Start (SS) and More at Four (MF) programs (now known as NC Pre‑K) on children’s outcomes as they progress through elementary and middle school.

national reports

Access to High-Quality Early Education and Racial Equity

A special report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) describes how Black children experience unequal treatment beginning at an early age, which contributes to inequalities in learning and development.

Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education

This research brief summarizes the most recent rigorous research for inclusion in the important public discussion that is now occurring about preschool education. When taken together with earlier foundational studies, the growing body of research on preschool both confirms but also extends the previous evidence in important directions.

The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program

A summary of key takeaways from Professor James Heckman’s latest research, this brief suggests that high-quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% per year return on investment.

How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?

This report considers how a universal publicly funded Pre-Kindergarten program in the United States could decrease both disparities in access to early learning and achievement gaps at kindergarten entry.