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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…

Op-Ed: Doing Right by Number 300 Million …


November 1, 2006

The negative reaction by some to the recent arrival of our 300 millionth American is a reminder of the saying that “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.” More than one talking head has suggested the recently arrived 300 millionth American was probably born to immigrant parents — and illegal ones at…

NJ’s Top Education Official Reads The Little Engine That Could Classic To Preschoolers, Stresses Importance of Adults Reading to Young Children


August 24, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ — New Jersey's top education official brought The Little Engine That Could to life for some 30 New Brunswick preschoolers when she read the classic tale as part of a national campaign stressing the importance of reading to young children. New Jersey's Commissioner of Education and early literacy advocate Lucille E. Davy…

Op-Ed: What Kind Of Pre-K House Hath Florida Built?


August 23, 2006

Any builder worth his salt knows when you lay a foundation your line must be true from the start. If it’s off half an inch in the first foot, it will be off a couple of feet by the time you’ve run a 50-foot wall. Come time to install windows and a roof, nothing fits….

NJ’s Top Education Official Reads The Little Engine That Could Classic to Preschoolers


August 17, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ — Some 30 New Brunswick preschoolers will hear the classic tale with its powerful “I think I can” message when the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Starbucks sponsor a reading of the The Little Engine That Could as part of the national “Read for the Record” campaign encouraging adults…