May 27-June 1, 2008: State and Federal Support for High Quality Pre-K Programs Survey—Nationwide poll of registered voters solicits views on pre-kindergarten learning programs.

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“Throughout this survey I’m going to use the term ‘pre-kindergarten’ or ‘pre-k’. In a pre-kindergarten or pre-k program, children attend a learning program in which they engage in activities that encourage positive social and educational development in children their age. These are voluntary programs where they learn about letters, colors, shapes, and numbers. They are exposed to music, art, and science. They learn to listen to teachers and other children. They take turns and share. The program includes story time, snack time, nap time, teacher-organized play, and free play times.)…I’m going to read you three statements about pre-kindergarten programs. Please tell me which one comes closest to your own point of view….Statement A: Pre-kindergarten is a parent’s responsibility. If parents want their children to attend pre-kindergarten, it is their responsibility to find the right one and pay for it. Statement B: Like kindergarten and later grades, pre-kindergarten is an important part of a successful education. Pre-kindergarten should be funded by state and local governments and be available on a voluntary basis to all parents who want their children to attend, regardless of family income. Statement C: State and local governments should provide full funding for children in low-income families to attend pre-kindergarten, but parents who can afford to should pay all or some of the cost of sending their children to pre-kindergarten.”


23% Statement A/Pre-k is parents۪ responsibility


44% Statement B/Pre-k should be provided by government and available to all


31% Statement C/Pre-k should be provided by government for low-income families only


2% Not sure


Subpopulation/Note: .

Survey by Pre-K Now, Pew Charitable Trust.


Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates/American Viewpoint, May 27 – June 1, 2008 and based on 1,287 telephone interviews. Sample: national registered voters including an oversample of swing voters. The sample included 800 registered voters and 487 swing voters. Results were weighted to be representative of a national registered voter sample. [USHART.08PREKMY.R16]


Formal Citation

State and Federal Support for High Quality Pre-K Programs Survey, May, 2008. Retrieved Sep-9-2010 from the iPOLL Databank, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut.

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