Wall Street Journal Questions Hype & Foundation's Role In Pushing Universal Preschool
Once there, you'll see that the piece deals more forthrightly than most with questions about the hype surrounding UPK, and brings up the often-ignored issue of Head Start.
The article also highlights the role of the Pew Charitable Trust, which is paying for programs, research, and advocacy efforts that include NIEER, the Hechinger Institute's work on early education, etc. (Think Gates and small schools seven years ago and you get the idea of what Pew is trying to do here -- and can probably imagine some of the questions that should come up.)
Take note also of how the piece ends with a warning: "There's a great danger here that people are going to rush out and with blind enthusiasm endorse very superficial programs," says one economist who has studied the impact of preschool programs.