Can the U.S. create universal pre-K without repeating past mistakes?

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Universal pre-kindergarten sounds like a great idea in theory, but it can lead to unintended consequences when implemented incorrectly, as New York City found out. While many embraced the policy, it disproportionately hit residents living in the poorer areas of the city. How? By providing universal pre-K, daycare centres lost a significant number of three and four-year-old enrolees, who contribute the most to their slim profit margins, causing closures mainly in lower-income areas. Read full article here

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