CROCUS in the News


April 21, 2018 — Professor Bill Gormley discusses the effects of Tulsa’s universal pre-K program on middle school outcomes, on the CBS Evening News

1/12/2018 – Bill Gormley discusses Tulsa Pre-K program with Oklahoma public radio KOSU. Research on Tulsa Program Suggests Statewide Pre-K Has Long-Term Benefits

1/5/2018 – Middle school-students who were enrolled in Tulsa’s prekindergarten program as 4-year-olds were more likely to be enrolled in honors courses, and were less likely to be retained in a grade compared to their peers who were not enrolled in pre-K. That’s according to the latest study to find long-lasting benefits from high quality early-childhood education. Education Week. Tulsa, Okla. Pre-K Shows Benefits Into Middle School.

1/2/2018 – Bucking criticism that the benefits of preschool face over time, a new study of a universal pre-K program in Tulsa suggests its impact lasts well through middle school. Seattle Times. Preschool has a number of long-term benefits, new study suggests.

12/29/2017 – In the late 1990s, advocates pushing for universal pre-K in Oklahoma touted the program’s ability to deliver big social gains — higher earning potential in adulthood, even better health and less crime in the community. About 20 years in to the project, one of those advocates says that while sending every 4-year-old to free, public pre-K is not a silver bullet, it is far and away the best return on investment a community can make. Toledo Blade. How Pre-K changed Tulsa.

12/14/2017 – Just how important is good preschool in the course of a child’s life? New York Times. What Pre-K Means for Your Pre-Teenager.

12/12/2017 – In a new report published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management today, researchers were able to show that Tulsa’s pre-K program has significant, positive effects on students’ outcomes and well-being through middle school. NPR. Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Says Yes.

12/12/2017 – Georgetown University’s latest research on Tulsa’s pre-kindergarten program found higher scores on state math tests and a 26 percent reduction in students being held back by seventh grade. Tulsa World. Latest TPS pre-K study finds higher math scores, fewer students held back by seventh grade.

3/7/2017 – Deborah Phillips discusses the transformation of the military’s child care system on PBS News Hour.  “High Quality Preschool Gives Military Families Peace of Mind.

8/30/2016 – Deborah Phillips discusses Head Start impacts on middle schoolers in Education Week.   “Studies on Head Start Bolster Arguments for Long-Term Impact.

8/22/2016 – Deborah Phillips, NPR interview on Tulsa Head Start program. “Research On Tulsa’s Head Start Program Finds Lasting Gains

8/21/2016 – Bill Gormley discusses Tulsa Head Start program’s longer term effects, in Tulsa World article. “Ginnie Graham: Head Start proving long-term gains in Tulsa

8/11/2016 – Deborah Phillips discusses Tulsa Head Start program’s longer term effects, in USA Today article. “Study: Benefits of high-quality Head Start last into middle school

2/2/2016 – Bill Gormley appears on PBS News Hour. “Seeing success, conservative Oklahoma banks on universal preschool”

1/31/2016 – CROCUS pre-K research cited in Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Preschool helps kids, but how much? And who does it help most?”

11/7/2015 – Bill Gormley quoted in the Kansas City Star“In Tulsa, a hot spot for early childhood education, the grade is ‘incomplete.’”

7/29/2015 – Bill Gormley comments on children as political activists for Capital New York.  “The large, delicate role of children in New York activism.”

4/05/2015 – Bill Gormley quoted in Christian Science Monitor article.  “How parents cope with America’s child-care ‘crisis'”.

10/20/2014 – Op Ed by Deborah Phillips in The Seattle Times. “Guest: Seattle Prop 1B’s design get city’s youngest citizens off to best start”.

9/23/2014 – Bill Gormley discusses research on Tulsa’s pre-K program.  “Free pre-K: Strong early gains, but long-term questions,” The Seattle Times.

4/22/2014 – Deborah Phillips quoted in NPR report: “What Exactly Is ‘High-Quality’ Preschool?”

3/12/2014 – Deborah Phillips quoted. “A Study Seeks to Determine What Makes Prekindergarten Successful,” The New York Times.

3/27/2014 – Bill Gormley quoted. “New Legislation Could Bring Universal Preschool to California,” Southern California Public Radio.

12/26/2013 – Bill Gormley: “Would Shakespeare have unsheathed his sword to fight against Common Core?”

11/09/2013 – CROCUS research cited in an Op-Ed piece by Nicholas Kristof, “Oklahoma! Where the Kids Learn Early”. The New York Times

10/16/2013 – “Too Much Evidence to Ignore: New Findings on the Impact of Quality Preschool at Scale” (video)

05/07/2013 – Bill Gormley: “Charting Pre-K’s Value for All”. Education Week.

05/06/2013 – Bill Gormley: “Oklahoma’s Universal Preschool Program: Better Than OK” The Georgetown Public Policy Review.

05/04/2013 – Bill Gormley quoted in a CBS News report on pre-K education, Oklahoma offers pre-K model for nation”.

03/11/2013 – The CROCUS study of Tulsa’s pre-K program cited in an article in Tulsa World, “Tulsa’s preschool programs seen as national model.”

02/18/2013 – Bill Gormley is mentioned during a segment of NPR’s Morning Edition, “Is The Call For Universal Pre-Kindergarten Warranted?”

02/15/2013 – Bill Gormley was quoted in the Washington Post Fact Checker column “Obama and early childhood education: a rhetorical leap of faith.”

02/14/2013 – Bill Gormley was quoted in an article in the Atlantic Wire, “Can Obama Sell Universal Preschool to the GOP?”

Bill Gormley talks about the effects of Tulsa’s pre-k program with in a piece produced by News21’s Jeremy Pennycook & Elizabeth Shell.:

(News21 – Early Childhood from Jeremy Pennycook on Vimeo.)

Excerpts from Georgetown University Forum interview with Professor Bill Gormley, WAMU Radio, July 2, 2008:

Testimony and Public Appearances

4/17/2017 – Deborah Phillips participates in a Brookings Institution panel “What we know about the effectsof pre-K in 6 consensus statements.” 

10/26/2016 – Bill Gormley participates in a Brookings Institution panel “Trouble in the Land of Early Childhood Education.” (video)

1/7/2014 – Deborah Phillips and Bill Gormley participated in a Cato Institute debate on pre-K research evidence. (video)

Bill Gormley: “Examining the Effects of Oklahoma’s Universal Pre-K Program”. University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform Lecture Series, September 29, 2012. (YouTube)

Bill Gormley talks about how advocates of children’s issues should (re)frame their arguments at the Columbia University School of Social Work on February 20, 2013. (YouTube)