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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…

State Preschool Programs Overlooking Facility Needs


August 15, 2007

NEW BRUNSWICK – Nearly 40 state governments throughout the country are aggressively launching or expanding preschool education programs for 3- and 4-year-old children. But a new report contends that unless those states also develop policies and strategies to address the need for new and better facilities, these promising preschool programs run the risk of falling…

Access to High-Quality Pre-K Severely Limited for Children from Lower Middle-Income Families


August 9, 2007

Washington, DC, Aug. 9—When schools open this year, working families with household incomes in the $30,000 to $50,000 range will be hard-pressed to afford high-quality preschool education for their children. W. Steven Barnett, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), speaking to an early education panel today at the National Research Council,…

New Study Shows New Mexico’s PreK Initiative Improves Language and Math Abilities of Children


August 2, 2007

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — New Mexico 4-year-olds who participated in the state’s pre-K initiative show greater improvement in early language, literacy and math development compared to children who did not, according to a new study of the program released today by a national research institute. The study, The Effects of the New Mexico PreK Initiative on Young Children’s School Readiness , was conducted by the National Institute for…

Op-Ed: Why Mississippi should be funding early childhood education


June 18, 2007

At the National Institute for Early Education Research, we greeted with hope the news that state education chief Hank Bounds and Gov. Haley Barbour proposed to begin funding preschool education for Mississippi’s disadvantaged children. It looked as if Mississippi might at last move off the “dirty dozen” list of states that still don’t fund preschool…

New Study Finds Abbott Preschools Cut Achievement Gap


June 14, 2007

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A new study of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program shows that children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities who participate in the program continue to make significant gains in literacy, language and math and that two years of preschool dramatically increases their learning. The study released today also finds notable advances…

Op-ed: Let’s Not Hit the Child Care Panic Button Just Yet


March 29, 2007

Parents on a guilt trip after reading this week’s widely reported news that non-maternal child care and education causes aggressive behavior in children as late as 6th grade should relax a little. That’s because reaching such a sweeping conclusion from one limited study needlessly exacerbates the worries of working moms and dads who have few…

Unstable Funding Mars Advances In State-Funded Preschool


March 14, 2007

WASHINGTON – State-funded preschool continues to be the most rapidly expanding segment of the U.S. educational system but in many states the commitment to early education is fickle: funding is as likely to be cut as it is to be increased. That’s the message of the authoritative annual review of state preschool programs produced by…