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Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President’s Pre-K Proposal


February 1, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceFederalOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
W. Steven Barnett

This policy report clears up some common misconceptions about preschool's effectiveness and benefits, particularly in regards to the Obama administration's recent fact sheet on investing in early education.

Policy Brief – Preparing Young Hispanic Dual Language Learners for a Knowledge Economy


January 1, 2013 AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This brief addresses issues of preschool access and quality that are specific to Hispanic children but which can also apply to some other largely disadvantaged and immigrant groups.

Policy Brief – Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children


April 1, 2011 Workforce

This brief aims to broaden the discussion about what it takes to develop and maintain effective instructional practices for preschool teachers.

Policy Brief – Improving Public Financing For Early Learning Programs


April 1, 2011 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

This brief reviews sources and models of public financing of early care and education and makes recommendations for improving upon what currently exists so as to remove barriers to increasing program access and quality.

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: 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.