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NIEER Statement on President Obama’s Pre-K Proposal

February 14, 2013

Contact: Jen Fitzgerald, 848-932-3138, New Brunswick, NJ – The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), a research center at Rutgers University, issued the following statement today from economist, early education expert, and NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett: “We at NIEER are thrilled that President Obama highlighted preschool in both his State of Union address…

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly on QRIS

June 25, 2012

In the early childhood education field, research has not kept apace with the practice of using quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) to measure the quality and effectiveness of preschool programs. To remedy that situation, the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ECRQ) is seeking submissions for a special issue entitled "Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) as…

Pre-K Spending Per Child Drops to Levels of Nearly a Decade Ago

April 10, 2012

Washington, D.C. — Funding for state pre-K programs has plummeted by more than $700 per child nationwide over the past decade — keeping the quality of many states’ preschools low even as enrollment has grown, a new report from the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) shows. “Parents would be outraged if we had…

New Study Sees No Shortage of Teachers If Preschool for All Pay Is Competitive

April 9, 2012

Springfield, June 16–As Illinois expands its preschool program to serve all 3- and 4-year-olds, there should be no shortage of qualified teachers if early childhood centers pay competitive salaries, according to a new study released today. Key findings of the study included: • An adequate number of qualified early childhood education teachers will be available…

Children Left Out of NM Preschool Enter Kindergarten Less Ready to Learn

November 8, 2010

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, Nov. 8 – Children who attend New Mexico PreK score higher in early math, language, and literacy than children who do not attend and are better prepared to enter kindergarten, according to a new study of New Mexico’s prekindergarten program released today. The National Institute for Early Education Research, a unit of…

National Early Childhood Expert Lauds Federal Head Start Improvement Initiative

October 13, 2010

Washington, DC, Oct. 13 — Disadvantaged children are not achieving as they could if they had the proper help and preparation during their preschool years, said national preschool expert W. Steven Barnett, as he called for bold reforms of Head Start and other early education programs to make them better targeted, more effective, and provide…

State Pre-K Is Hard-Hit by Recession

August 3, 2010

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Aug. 3 – Preschool-age children across the nation will feel a much bigger impact from the recession in 2010 and 2011 than in the past as more states run short of money to fund their pre-K programs, a new analysis from the National Institute for Early Education Research reveals. “We estimate…

Recession Hits State Preschool Programs; More Cuts Expected

May 4, 2010

Washington, May 4 – Preschool-age children across the country are feeling the impact of the recession as states cut back on early education programs, according to the annual survey of state-funded preschool programs. “We are seeing a pause in the rapid increase in state preschool programs that we have seen in the last several years,”…

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…