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Critique of Universal Preschool Inaccurate, Poorly Reasoned

June 16, 2009

Press release from the Think Tank Review Project BOULDER, Colo. and TEMPE, Ariz. (June 16, 2009) – A new think tank book that criticizes proposals for universal preschool has been found by an expert reviewer to be an inaccurate and poorly reasoned attack that ignores mounting evidence of the role universal preschool could play in…

Economy Threatens Impressive Expansion of State Pre-K Programs

April 8, 2009

Washington, DC, April 8—The annual survey of state-funded preschool programs shows impressive expansion in enrollment and spending. However, the recession may reverse the trend, curtailing early education opportunities for children in lower and middle-income families. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released The State of Preschool 2008 at a news conference here today….

Op-Ed: Setting the Record Straight—Why Pre-K for All is a Wise Public Investment

March 18, 2009

The Obama administration’s plans to expand high-quality pre-k has ignited a firestorm of protest from libertarians and others based on highly-selective readings of preschool research and disregard for the needs of America’s children and families. Protests of the administration’s plans have shown up in op-ed articles and on TV, including a John Stossel special on…

Investing In America’s Youngest Children Is Essential for an Effective Stimulus Plan and a Long-Term Boost to Economy

January 8, 2009

STEVE BARNETT WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROPOSAL ON A CONFERENCE CALL TO BE HELD TODAY AT 3:30 PM, EASTERN TIME. TO PARTICIPATE, CALL 1-800-868-1123, PARTICIPANT CODE #19716539 The leading research organization focusing on early childhood education has called on the incoming Obama administration to invest in preschool and child care for the sake of…

Report Finds Benefit to Quality Preschool Programs

September 10, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz and BOULDER, Colo. (Sept. 10, 2008)— Amid a contentious debate over the benefit of preschool programs, a new policy brief, Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications examines what researchers currently know about the potential of those programs to bring about positive change. It finds that preschool can strongly benefit…

Study Shows New Mexico’s PreK Initiative Continues to Improve Language and Math Abilities of Children

June 4, 2008

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New findings from an ongoing study of New Mexico 4-year-olds who attended the state’s pre-K initiative show that in its second year of existence, the program continued to improve language, literacy and math development. The study, “Impacts of New Mexico PreK on Children’s School Readiness at Kindergarten Entry: Results from the…

State-Funded Preschool Enrollment Passes One Million Mark, Yet Most 3- and 4-Year-Olds are Denied Access to Public Preschool Programs

March 19, 2008

WASHINGTON — State-funded preschools served over one million children last year, yet public pre-K was unavailable for most 3- and 4-year-olds, according to the annual survey released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The State of Preschool 2007 ranks all 50 states on the percentage of children served and spending…

Advisory: State-Funded Preschool Enrollment Sets New Record Yet Most 3- and 4-Year-Olds are Denied Access to Public Preschool Programs

March 17, 2008

Preschool remains the most dynamic segment of the education system, with state-funded programs now serving more than a million children. Spending per child is up and so is the quality of state preschool education. But the picture is not all rosy. Twelve states have no state-funded preschools. And four large states—California, Texas, Florida and Ohio—are…

Preschool program shown to improve key cognitive functions (including working memory and control of attention and action)

November 28, 2007

An innovative curriculum, called “Tools of the Mind” (Tools, for short), holds hope for: • improving academic achievement of children from poor families • reducing the achievement gap between children from poorer versus wealthier homes and • reducing the number of diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to University of British Columbia (UBC)…

New Report on Preschool Participation Nationally Highlights Vast Inequities

November 8, 2007

The nation is failing to meet the need for preschool education, and those with the least access are children from low-income, poorly educated families who live in the West and Midwest, according to a report released today by an early education research unit of Rutgers University. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) also…