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Financial Barriers Undermine Promise of North Carolina Preschool Program


January 17, 2019

Majority of eligible children unable to enroll, benefit from high-quality pre-K Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s preschool program has solid evidence that it produces long-term benefits, but most children eligible for NC Pre-K are unable to enroll due to inadequate state funding, according to an analysis by the National Institute for Early Education Research. NIEER Founder and Senior Co-Director Steven Barnett discussed Barriers to Expansion of NC Pre-K: Problems and Potential Solutions today…

Is Pre-K Doing All It Can to Improve Child Health?


January 3, 2019

NEW policy brief identifies how programs can benefit children and parents New Brunswick, NJ — High-quality preschool can be part of a stronger culture of health that improves children’s physical and mental health through better health behaviors as well as better health care. However, too many state policies and programs miss opportunities to provide significant…

Majority of States Lack ‘Essential Elements’ for Preschool Success


November 8, 2018

New Brunswick, NJ— A new analysis of public preschool policy by the National Institute for Early Education Research provides a road map for state policymakers–especially those new  governors , legislators and state education leaders seeking to enhance early education. Research has shown high-quality preschool programs can enhance children’s development, reduce achievement gaps at kindergarten entry, and support a child’s later success…

New Evaluation Shows Seattle Preschool Program Making Progress


October 8, 2018

New Brunswick, NJ – The Seattle Preschool Program up for renewal by voters next month has continued to improve and now provides children with classroom quality levels associated with strong gains in learning and development, according to a rigorous evaluation study released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research. “The evaluation finds that SPP quality has steadily…

Most State Pre-K Programs Fail to Support Dual Language Learners


July 24, 2018

New Brunswick, NJ — More than 20 percent of all preschool-aged children in the US speak a language other than English at home, yet most states have no policies in place to support young dual language learners (DLLs), according to a policy brief published today by the National Institute for Early Education Research. One of…

Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences Highlights Early Childhood Development


May 23, 2018 International

New Brunswick, NJ – The New York Academy of Sciences today published a special issue focused on implementation research and practice addressing early childhood development authored by global researchers and practitioners, including National Institute for Early Education Research faculty. NIEER Co-Director for Research Milagros Nores, Ph.D. joined other academicians, funders, think tanks, UN agencies, and non-government organizations, as both an author…

NIEER Benchmarks Inform CityHealth Report Listing Best Big Cities for Pre-K


May 22, 2018

New Brunswick, NJ – A new national report assessing how the largest U.S. cities address health and well-being issues awarded “gold medals” for high-quality preschool programs to Boston, Charlotte, Nashville, New York City and San Antonio, using National Institute for Early Education Research quality standards benchmarks. CityHealth , an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente , offers…

NIEER Research Urges State Preschools to Focus on ‘Thinking Skills’ to Achieve Long-term Gains


March 28, 2018

Study Examines Pre-K in AR, CA, MI, NJ, NM, OK, SC and WVa New Brunswick, NJ – A new study by the National Institute for Early Education Research finds a variety of state-funded pre-K programs prepare children for kindergarten but recommends states raise classroom quality to encourage deeper language development leading to greater long-term gains. “Prekindergarten Effects on Early Learning at Kindergarten Entry: An Analysis of Eight State Programs”  found participation…

NIEER, UC Berkeley Partner on Research into State, City Progress on Compensation Parity for Pre-K Teachers


October 3, 2017

For more information, contact: Jacqueline Sullivan  jsullivan@berkeley.edu, (510) 604-2289 New Brunswick, NJ – The National Institute for Early Education Research is proud to partner with the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley on release of a new report revealing how states and cities are closing the gap in compensation between equally qualified pre-K teachers and kindergarten and elementary…

RWJF Supports NIEER Research into Effects of PreK on Child Health


September 12, 2017

New Brunswick, NJ – The National Institute for Early Education Research is proud to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on a multi-year study engaging more than 1,000 children across 16 New Jersey school districts to identify and combat obstacles to healthy child development. Children living below poverty level are at higher risk for…