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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 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…