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Advisory: How is the recession affecting young children?


May 3, 2010

The annual survey of state funded pre-K programs shows the national total for enrollment and spending on state-funded pre-K increased, though at reduced rates than in prior years. As states coped with budget shortfalls, however, some states cut enrollment to the lowest levels in many years. Other states cut funding and quality. Looking ahead, several…

New Mexico PreK Significantly Improves Key Academic Foundations for Children


November 18, 2009

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New Mexico’s state-funded PreK program significantly improved language, literacy and math for the children who attended over children who did not and the estimated rate of return is $5 for every $1 invested, according to a new report released today at New Mexico’s Legislative Education Study Committee. The study, The New…

New Mexico PreK Gets High Marks for Preparing Kids for Kindergarten


September 22, 2009

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A new study of New Mexico’s prekindergarten program released today shows that children who attended the New Mexico PreK Initiative scored higher in early math, language, and literacy than children who did not attend the program. “We have studied New Mexico PreK since it started and find that even as the…

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…