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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 RESEARCH 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…

10-Year National Preschool Study Finds Decreased Support for Quality and Greater Disparities in Access


August 16, 2013

A decade-long slide in funding for pre-K across the nation coupled with increased enrollment means the quality of early education for most kids is headed in the wrong direction, says a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). State…

Study Finds Drastic State Pre-K Funding Cuts Put Nation’s Youngest Learners at Risk


April 25, 2013

CONTACT:  Jen Fitzgerald, (848) 932-3138,  jfitzgerald@nieer.org Washington, D.C. — State funding for pre-K decreased by over half a billion dollars in 2011-2012, the largest one-year drop ever, says a new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) which has tracked state pre-K since 2002. The State of Preschool 2012 yearbook cited two other “firsts”:…

New Study of New Jersey’s Preschool Program Confirms Lasting Effects of Pre-K


March 19, 2013

New Brunswick, NJ – The latest study of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program shows that children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities who participate in the pre-K program make significant gains in literacy, language, math and science through 4th and 5th grade. These findings build on previous results from kindergarten entry and at second grade…

Community Planning about Preschool Education in Irvington


March 13, 2013

CONTACT:  Jen Fitzgerald, (848) 932-3138,  jfitzgerald@nieer.org Irvington, NJ – On March 21st, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) will launch a community planning forum, “Irvington Children Count: Together We Can Make a Difference!” This innovative interactive conference will address improving the quality of early childhood education and issues surrounding school readiness. “The importance of early…

Media Advisory: Congressional Briefing on Economic Returns of Investing in Early Education


March 8, 2013

Washington, DC – The Caring Economy Campaign (CEC) of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), together with CEC coalition members, invite you to a Congressional Briefing on " The Economic Return from Investing in Care Work and Early Childhood Education. " The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Riane Eisler highlighting the new CPS-Urban Institute report:  National Indicators and Social Wealth . A panel discussion will follow Dr. Eisler’s presentation moderated by René Redwood, featuring Dr. W. Steven…