April 1, 2004 Access • Economics and Finance • Governance and Accountability • Outcomes • State & Local • Universal and Targeted
The debate over universal vs. targeted preschool programs is explored in this policy brief. Policy recommendations include a gradual move toward voluntary universal preschool programs with federal matching funds used to encourage states to fund high-quality preschool for all.
March 1, 2004 Assessment • Outcomes
This policy brief provides an overview of the extension of the standards movement to preschool programs. It presents the conditions and special considerations necessary for standards to have a positive impact on preschool children and strengthen accountability.
September 1, 2003 Economics and Finance • Governance and Accountability • State & Local • Workforce
What will it cost to give Head Start the tools it needs to succeed? This brief includes information on the qualifications and compensation of Head Start teachers and discusses the issues surrounding the push towards raising both.
May 1, 2003 Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
This brief looks at salaries for preschool teachers and child care workers and provides evidence of the effects of poor pay and employee benefits on teacher morale, turnover rates, and ultimately on educational quality.
November 1, 2002 Governance and Accountability • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • State & Local • Workforce
Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.