Susan Urahn

Susan Urahn is a managing director at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Recent Articles

A Movement Transformed

States have boldly advanced the cause of preschool in the last few years. Now, let's use growing support for pre-K to mobilize a national investment in early childhood.

Preschool has grown up. Just five years ago, the question of whether to provide quality pre-kindergarten to our nation's 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds was a relatively obscure policy dilemma viewed primarily as a child-care issue. Today, the discussion is not whether to make it available, but how -- and it is a robust conversation among policy-makers, educators, business leaders, police chiefs, and others who view early learning as pivotal to education, public safety, and America's economic prosperity. The past year alone speaks volumes. In February, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke cited pre-K as a smart economic development strategy for the country. In August, The Wall Street Journal 's front page declared the growth in state-funded pre-kindergarten "one of the most significant expansions in public education in the 90 years since World War I." Four Democratic presidential candidates have included pre-K in their education platforms. Their Republican counterparts have not yet...