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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…

New Study Shows Arkansas Better Chance State Preschool Program Improves Language and Math Abilities of Children


January 25, 2007

New Brunswick, NJ – A new study of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) state-funded preschool education program shows significant improvement in 4-year-old children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development. The study, The Effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program on Young Children’s School Readiness, was conducted by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)…

Rutgers Bestows One of University’s Highest Honors On NIEER Director; Cited W. Steven Barnett’s excellence, national and international acclaim


December 21, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ — The nationally recognized director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) received one of Rutgers University’s highest honors recently when he was named a Board of Governors Professor. W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D., Professor of Education Economics and Policy at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education, who also heads the national…

Early Education Expert Shares Love of Reading with Preschoolers


December 14, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ – Early education expert Ellen Frede watched the eyes of preschool children light up as she read Mrs. Wishy Washy to them in an effort to raise awareness about The Bridge of Books Foundation’s holiday book drive and stress the importance of early literacy for young children. Frede, co-director of the National…

Education Expert Shares Joy of Reading with Preschoolers


December 11, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ – You might not expect to see preschoolers nestled in the comfy chairs and sofas of Starbucks, but at 10:30 a.m., December 14 at the George Street Starbucks in New Brunswick, some 30 preschoolers will share a holiday treat when early education expert Ellen Frede will read a special children’s story to…

Arkansas Better Chance Program Meets Nine out of Ten Quality Standard Benchmarks


November 7, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ – Arkansas' state-funded preschool program meets nine quality standard benchmarks, rather than the 10 it was originally given credit for when The State of Preschool: 2005 State Preschool Yearbook was issued by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) in March 2006. NIEER's yearbook annually evaluates the nation's state funded preschool…

Many Preschoolers Shut Out of High Quality Programs


November 1, 2006

The importance of young children entering kindergarten prepared to learn is not lost on most parents, and armed with that knowledge, more and more parents diligently search for high quality preschool education programs for their 3- and 4-year-olds. Yet the quality of the vast majority of preschool programs is mediocre at best, with many rated…