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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.

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


March 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumSTEMWorkforce

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 – 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 – 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.

Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications


September 1, 2008 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Amid debate over the benefit of preschool programs, this new brief examines what researchers currently know about the potential of those programs to bring about positive change.

Policy Brief – Challenging Behaviors and the Role of Preschool Education


December 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This policy brief from NIEER examines the role of preschool education in regard to problem behaviors in young children.

Policy Brief – Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does it Matter? (Updated)


November 1, 2007 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

What are the factors that influence preschool enrollment? See who goes to preschool by age, ethnicity, income, maternal employment and education and region in this policy brief.