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Policy Brief – Better Teachers, Better Preschools: Student Achievement Linked to Teacher Qualifications


December 1, 2004 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

High-quality preschool education depends on effective, high-quality teachers. This brief presents educational requirements for preschool teachers, reviews evidence on the importance of teacher qualifications, and offers policy recommendations.

Policy Brief – Preschool Assessment: A Guide to Developing a Balanced Approach


July 1, 2004 AssessmentOutcomes

This policy brief examines assessment of learning among preschoolers and the trend toward increased standardized testing of young children. The brief offers definitions and applications of assessment concepts and policy recommendations essential to a balanced approach.

Policy Brief – The Universal vs. Targeted Debate: Should the United States Have Preschool for All?


April 1, 2004 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalUniversal 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.

Policy Brief – Child Outcome Standards in Pre-K Programs


March 1, 2004 AssessmentOutcomes

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.

Policy Brief – Investing in Head Start Teachers


September 1, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

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.

Policy Brief – Low Wages = Low Quality: Solving the Real Preschool Teacher Crisis


May 1, 2003 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

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.

Policy Brief – High Quality Preschool: Why We Need It and What It Looks Like


November 1, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce

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.