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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.

The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES)


June 1, 2007 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

This report presents the results of a longitudinal study of New Jersey's public preschool program, which found that children attending the program improve in language, literacy and math skills through the end of their kindergarten year.

Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality


April 1, 2007 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local

This report explores common facility issues and outlines strategies for policymakers to address early care and education facility needs.

Policy Brief – Is Public Pre-K Preparing Hispanic Children to Succeed in School?


April 1, 2007 AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

Hispanic children who attend high-quality preschool programs have been found to benefit as much as children from other backgrounds, and sometimes more.

Policy Brief – Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality


April 1, 2007 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local

This brief explores common facility issues and outlines strategies for policymakers to address early care and education facility needs.

Policy Brief – Preschool Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider


March 1, 2007 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

This report provides a framework for decision-makers to use in evaluating which curriculum might be most appropriate for their specific preschool education program.

A Review of the Reason Foundation’s Report on Preschool and Kindergarten


October 1, 2006 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted

An analysis by NIEER of the Reason Foundation's report Assessing proposals for preschool and kindergarten: Essential information for parents, taxpayers and policymaker.