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Policy Brief – Perspectives on the Impact of Pre-K Expansion: Factors to Consider and Lessons from New York and Ohio


February 1, 2011 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & Local

The impact of state-funded pre-K expansion on the quality and supply of child care in New York and Ohio are assessed in this policy brief.

Early Education Enrollment and Expenditure Patterns 1995-2005


December 1, 2010 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local

These papers report on enrollments and expenditures for ECCE across the decade from 1995 to 2005 using three harmonized National Household Education Surveys. They explore the metrics of enrollment patterns by age of child, mother’s employment, marital status, expenditure patterns and prices paid per hour of services.

Early Learning Scale: Technical Report


September 1, 2010 AssessmentWorkforce

This technical report from NIEER researchers on the Early Learning Scale offers information on the use and reliability of the instrument and on the validity of the data.

New Jersey Preschool Expansion Assessment Research Study (PEARS)


December 1, 2009 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

The capacity and quality of non-Abbott child care centers, Head Start programs, and school district preschool programs across New Jersey are assessed in this study by NIEER.

The APPLES Blossom: Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES), Preliminary Results through 2nd Grade


July 1, 2009 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

An ongoing study of New Jersey’s pre-K program finds that attending the program reduces grade retention and improves language, literacy and math skills.

Policy Brief – Does Preschool Education Policy Impact Infant/Toddler Care?


March 1, 2009 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local

Public support for the education and care of 3- and 4-year-olds has increased, but has this helped or hurt the provision of care for infants (children up to 12 months old) and toddlers (1- and 2-year-olds)? This policy brief examines trends in supply and demand in the infant/toddler care market, reviews state and federal policies for infant/toddler care, and recommends policy changes that could ensure new preschool policies benefit infant/toddler care and avoid unintended negative consequences.

Policy Brief – Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice


March 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

This policy brief reviews research addressing the development of mathematics and science knowledge in preschool children, identifies areas that require further study, and outlines recommendations for early education policy in these domains.

Policy Brief: Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys


March 1, 2009 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

This policy brief examines the efforts of six states in pursuit of preschool for all.

Policy Brief – Federal Early Childhood Policy Guide For The First 100 Days


January 1, 2009 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

At the request of President-elect Obama’s transition team, this NIEER policy brief provides guidance on federal investments in preschool and child care for the sake of America’s children.

Policy Brief – Connecting Neurons, Concepts, and People: Brain Development and its Implications


December 1, 2008 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This policy brief summarizes what is known about early brain development and corrects some of the common misunderstandings of the research.