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Journal Articles

Unpacking the treatment contrast in the Head Start Impact Study: To what extent does assignment to treatment affect quality of care?


December 8, 2017

By Friedman-Krauss, A.H., Connors, M. C., & Morris, P. A. (2016) Attending high-quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) is associated with higher cognitive and social-emotional skills, especially for children growing up in poverty, but access to high-quality ECCE is limited. This study capitalizes on the random assignment design of the Head Start Impact Study to…

Lifetime effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study through age 40


December 8, 2017

By Schweinhart, L. J., Montie, J., Xiang, Z., Barnett, W. S., Belfield, C. R., & Nores, M. (2005) This study — perhaps the most well-known of all HighScope research efforts — examines the lives of 123 children born in poverty and at high risk of failing in school. From 1962–1967, at ages 3 and 4, the…

Updating the Economic Impacts of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program


December 8, 2017

By Nores, M., Belfield, C.R., Barnett, W.S. & L.J. Schweinhart (2005) This article derives an updated cost-benefit ratio for the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program, an intensive preschool intervention delivered during the 1960s to at-risk children in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Because children were randomly assigned to the program or a control group, differences in outcomes are probably attributable…

The High/Scope Perry Preschool Program: Cost-Benefit Analysis Using Data from the Age-40 Follow-Up


December 8, 2017

By Belfield, C.R., Nores, M., Barnett, W.S. & L.J. Schweinhart (2006) This paper presents an updated cost-benefit analysis of the High/Scope Perry preschool Program, using data on individuals aged 40. Children were randomly assigned to a treatment or control group. Program costs are compared against treatment impacts on educational resources, earnings, criminal activity, and welfare receipt….

Private Providers in State Pre-K: Vital Partners


November 1, 2011 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

In this article from the National Association for Young Children's journal Young Children, 66(6), authors Jason T. Hustedt and W. Steven Barnett discuss how private preschool providers have played an important role in the expansion of state pre-K across the country and examine how these collaborations work.

Effectiveness of Early Educational Intervention


August 1, 2011

In this article from the August 19, 2011 issue of Science, author Steve Barnett examines the effectiveness of early childhood programs designed to offset the impacts of poverty and inadequate learning environments on child development and school success.

Promoting Language and Literacy in Young Dual Language Learners


February 1, 2011 English Language LearnersQuality and Curriculum

Dina C. Castro, Mariela M. Páez, David K. Dickinson, and Ellen Frede examine practices for effective language and literacy instruction involving young English language learners (ELLs) and provide policy and research recommendations in this article published in Child Development.

Financing Early Childhood Education Programs: State, Federal, and Local Issues


January 1, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

Published in Educational Policy, this article from Jason T. Hustedt and W. Steven Barnett identifies and explains the various funding streams in the early childhood education field.

The Source of Child Care Center Preschool Learning and Program Standards: Implications for Potential Early Learning Challenge Fund Grantees


May 1, 2010 AssessmentWorkforce

This article shares the results of a statewide survey of 391 child care center directors focusing on their preschool program standards.

Issues of Access and Program Quality


May 1, 2010

This book chapter examines the current state of access to and quality of preschool education around the world.