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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 High Quality State Pre-K Programs Improve Language and Math Abilities of Children of All Backgrounds


December 6, 2005

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, Dec. 6 — A new study of high quality prekindergarten programs in five states reveals significant improvement in children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development, improvement far greater than found in a recent national study of the federal Head Start program. The study finds that children attending state-funded pre-k programs in the…

New Study Shows Michigan’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 the Michigan School Readiness Program for 4-year-olds shows significant improvement in children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development. The Michigan evaluation was part of a larger study of high quality, state-funded prekindergarten programs in five states. The other states were West Virginia, New Jersey, Oklahoma and South…

New Study Finds New Jersey’s Abbott 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 New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program for children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities, shows significant improvement in 4-year-olds’ early language, literacy and mathematical development. The New Jersey evaluation was part of a larger study of high quality, state-funded prekindergarten programs in five states. The other states were…

New Study Shows Oklahoma’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 Oklahoma’s Early Childhood Four-Year-Old Program 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 Oklahoma evaluation was part of a larger study of high quality, state-funded prekindergarten programs…

New Study Shows South Carolina’s Pre-K Programs Improve Language and Literacy Abilities of Children of All Backgrounds


December 6, 2005

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, Dec. 6–A new study of South Carolina’s two preschool programs for 4-year-olds found significant improvement in children’s early language and literacy development, improvement far greater than shown in a recent national study of the federal Head Start program. The South Carolina evaluation was part of a larger study of high quality, state-funded…