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The State Education Standard


January 10, 2018 Economics and FinanceState & Local

January 2018 The impact of early childhood education is undeniable. Recent studies indicate that programs for children under five can significantly decrease special education placement and grade retention, close achievement gaps, and increase high school graduation rates. States see this value too: Forty-three states and the District of Columbia provide state-funded preschool, serving nearly 1.5…

Who reads to young children? Identifying predictors of family reading activities.


December 19, 2017

By Yarosz, D. & Barnett, W. S. (2001). Who reads to young children? Analyses of data from the National Household Education Survey of 1995 (NHES:95) are performed to investigate the influences on the frequency of parental reading to young children. The NHES:95 data set is based on a national survey of households utilizing random digit dialing…

And so we plough along: The nature and nurture of partnerships for inquiry.


December 19, 2017

By Barnett, W. S., & Frede, E. C. (2001). New approaches to inquiry that partner researchers with practitioners and policy makers have become more common in the early childhood field as it has embraced a wider variety of research traditions. In this introductory article for the special issue on partnerships for inquiry, we explore the…

Early childhood development and social mobility.


December 15, 2017

By Barnett, W. S. & Belfield, C. (2006). Steven Barnett and Clive Belfield examine the effects of preschool education on social mobility in the United States. They note that under current policy three- and four-year-old children from economically and educationally disadvantaged families have higher preschool attendance rates than other children. But current programs fail to enroll…

Early childhood program design and economic returns: Comparative benefit-cost analysis of the Abecedarian program and policy implications.


December 15, 2017

By Barnett, W. S. & Masse, L. N. (2007). Child care and education are to some extent joint products of preschool programs, but public policy and research frequently approach these two goals independently. We present a benefit–cost analysis of a preschool program that provided intensive education during full-day child care. Data were obtained from a randomized…

Surprising agreement on Head Start: Compli/ementing Curry and Besharov.


December 15, 2017

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Looking over the three perspectives on Head Start research, I feel a bit like Goldilocks. I find one too hard and one too soft, while the third is just right. I set out my reasoning below, but it barely rises above nitpicking. In truth, I am reasonably comfortable with each one….

Revving up Head Start: Lessons from recent research.


December 15, 2017

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). For over 40 years, Head Start has been the nation’s largest comprehensive child development program for 3- and 4-year-old children in low-income families. Although it is frequently described as a compensatory education program, Head Start provides education, social, health, and nutritional services to children and their parents, in an attempt…

Two-way and monolingual English immersion in preschool education: An experimental comparison.


December 15, 2017

By Barnett, W. S., Yarosz, D. J., Thomas, J., & Blanco, D. (2007). An experimental study was conducted comparing the effects of dual language, or two-way immersion (TWI) and monolingual English immersion (EI) preschool education programs on children’s learning. Three-and four-year old children were randomly assigned by lottery to either a newly established TWI Spanish/English program…

Preschool program improves cognitive control.


December 15, 2017

By Diamond, A., Barnett, W. S., Thomas, J., & Munro, S. (2007). Executive functions (EFs), also called cognitive control, are critical for success in school and life. Although EF skills are rarely taught, they can be. The Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum improves EFs in preschoolers in regular classrooms with regular teachers at minimal expense….

Benefits and costs of quality early childhood education.


December 15, 2017

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Early childhood education is one of the most rapidly growing sectors in American education. The vast majority of states support some early childhood education programs apart from preschool special education (which every state mandates), and an increasing number of states are committed to providing every child a public education at age…