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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.

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.

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 – 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.

Policy Report – Early Childhood Development and Social Mobility


October 1, 2006 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This policy report examines the effects of preschool education on social mobility in the United States.

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.

Policy Brief – Increasing the Effectiveness of Preschool Programs


July 1, 2006

This policy brief reviews research on the inputs contributing to quality and the features of preschool programs that impact children's learning and development.

Policy Brief – Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in the Preschool Years


April 1, 2006 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life. This policy brief synthesizes the body of professional knowledge about early literacy and offers research-based recommendations.

Policy Report – Making the Most of Kindergarten


March 1, 2005 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce

This policy report examines academic and social outcomes of half-day versus full-day kindergarten and trends in provision of full-day programs. Recommendations include balancing anticipated gains from expanding kindergarten schedules against cost considerations and developing classroom and teacher support strategies when moving to full-day.