A new report from nonprofit consulting and research firm The Bridgespan Group identifies early childhood education technology as one avenue that philanthropists could pursue to help lift poor children into the middle class. A program in Utah shows one way this might work.
About a decade ago, Utah legislators realized that more and more young children were starting kindergarten unprepared to learn. Some couldn’t sit still. Some didn’t speak English. Many had not attended preschool, often because their parents couldn’t afford it. At the time, Utah was one of ten states in the U.S. that didn’t have state funding for preschool.