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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 top honors 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…

Ellen Frede Joins NIEER Leadership Team


June 9, 2017

NIEER Contact: Michelle Ruess  mruess@nieer.org  609-658-6873 Dr. Frede to develop assessment, professional development and technical assistance tools New Brunswick, NJ — The National Institute for Early Education Research is proud to announce Ellen Frede, Ph.D., has joined NIEER as senior co-director for the development and management of research, assessments of practice linked to  professional development and technical…

NIEER Researach Spotlights Pay Gaps for Public Pre-K Teachers


April 25, 2017

NIEER Contact: Michelle Ruess  mruess@nieer.org  609-658-6873 Public pre-K teachers hold similar credentials but often lack salary, benefits of kindergarten teachers New Brunswick, NJ — While most publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs require teachers to have the same credentials as kindergarten teachers, few require equivalent pay and benefits for pre-K teachers compared to kindergarten teachers, according to new research…

William Penn Foundation Announces $1.8 Million Grant in Support of PHLpreK


February 8, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – PHLpreK , the City of Philadelphia’s initiative making quality pre-K free and accessible for thousands of three- and four-year olds, will get support from a comprehensive evaluation to be conducted by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), made possible by a $1.8 million grant to NIEER from the William Penn Foundation. NIEER is a highly regarded early childhood…

NIEER Partners with 20 New Jersey School Districts to Enhance K-3 Education


November 16, 2016

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2016 Media Contact: Michelle Ruess,  mruess@nieer.org ,   609-658-6873 Rutgers University, NJ – Elementary schools across New Jersey are partnering with the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University to help students in kindergarten through third grade build strong educational foundations needed to…