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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…

Nationally Recognized Early Childhood Education Expert Named Co-Director of Preschool Research Think Tank


August 17, 2006

New Brunswick, NJ — Ellen Frede, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist widely recognized for her role in the court decision requiring preschool in New Jersey’s 31 poorest school districts, was recently named co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Frede, also an associate professor at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, brings a…

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


June 16, 2006

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…

Researchers See Educational, Economic Benefits of California Preschool Ballot Initiative


May 18, 2006

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 18 — A California ballot initiative that would establish a statewide, voluntary preschool program for all 4 year olds offers substantial educational and economic benefits to the state and its residents, according to a policy analysis by a leading research institute that studies state-funded preschool programs. The study was released today…

New Study Shows Full-Day Pre-kindergarten Helps Kids Do Better In Literacy and Math; Closes Gap Between Rich and Poor


May 16, 2006

New York, NY – A study released today shows that children who attended a full day public preschool performed better on literacy and mathematics tests than children in a traditional 2.5 to 3-hour public preschool program, and achievement gains continued at least until the end of first grade. The study also showed that high quality,…

State-Funded Preschool Programs Serving More Children, But Spending Less Per Child


March 23, 2006

WASHINGTON, March 23 -— The annual report on state preschool initiatives shows that state-funded programs increased enrollment by more than 100,000 4-year-olds from 2002 to 2005, but state spending per child is down and enrollment actually declined in 11 states. The State of Preschool: 2005 State Preschool Yearbook was released here today by the National…

New Study Shows West Virginia’s Pre-K Program Improves Language and Math Abilities of Children of All Backgrounds


December 6, 2005

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, Dec. 6–A new study of West Virginia’s Early Childhood Education Program for 4-year-olds shows significant improvement in children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development, improvement far greater than shown in a recent national study of the federal Head Start program. The West Virginia evaluation was part of a larger study of high…