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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…

Head Start: A Good Idea That Needs to Deliver


June 13, 2005

New Brunswick, NJ. – The Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, W. Steven Barnett, said today that the recently released study of the impact of the federal Head Start Program shows that the program can make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children but must do more to deliver on that…

Massive National Study Finds Many Prekindergarten Teachers Underpaid; Others Lacking Required Credentials


May 3, 2005

New Haven, Conn. – Seven out of ten teachers in state-funded prekindergarten programs earn salaries in the low-income category and one in six works a second job to make ends meet, according to a just-released report from the National Prekindergarten Study. The study is the first ever to explore how effectively the mandates of state…

Annual Survey Finds High-Quality State Preschool Programs Are the Exception, Not the Rule


November 22, 2004

Washington, Nov. 22 — The second annual survey of state preschool programs found a huge disparity in availability from state to state and even within state boundaries. The report concludes that “across our nation, high-quality and readily available state-funded preschool programs are the exception rather than the rule.” The State of Preschool: 2004 State Preschool…

New Research Debunks Myths About Preschool


October 21, 2004

Children from families of modest income, not the poor, have the least access to preschool in the United States. That’s just one of the findings in a new study by the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) that debunks a number of myths or misconceptions about preschool. Commonly held beliefs challenged by the study…

New NIEER Research: Has The Time Arrived For All Children to Have Access to High Quality Preschool?


June 24, 2004

New Brunswick, NJ – A new research report released today examines the pros and cons of making publicly funded preschool programs available to all children versus only those who are at risk of failure. Making programs available to all, the findings suggest, could provide multiple benefits by improving the early education of disadvantaged children and…

Op-Ed: Pre-K Legislation Suffers from Political Bait and Switch: Another Florida Fiasco?


April 12, 2004

Florida’s citizens voted overwhelmingly to mandate “high quality” pre-kindergarten education for all of the state’s four-year-olds. This first of its kind referendum would move Florida from one of the few states without a coherent preschool program to a position of national leadership. Thus, education experts around the nation are watching the evolution of Florida’s pre-kindergarten…

National Prekindergarten Expert Slams Misuse of Screening Tests to Determine Kindergarten Readiness


March 30, 2004

New Brunswick, NJ – Scores from a disability screening test are inaccurately and improperly being used as evidence that 84% of the state’s children are ready for kindergarten said a leading national expert on prekindergarten today. “Someone is trying to bamboozle the Florida Legislature into thinking that the good people of the state did not…

Study Shows 90 Percent of NJ Teachers to Meet Degree Deadline


February 27, 2004

Piscataway – A Rutgers University report released today said that 90 percent of preschool teachers in New Jersey’s 30 most disadvantaged school districts could earn a Bachelor’s degree with early childhood certification by the court-ordered deadline of September 2004. The report called for an extension of the certification deadline to September 2006. Citing the increase…

Survey Finds States Are Failing Nation’s Children With Inadequate Preschool Programs


February 19, 2004

A landmark survey of state preschool programs found that the states are “failing our nation’s children” with ten states spending nothing at all and the level of funding “embarrassingly low in many, perhaps most other states.” The 2003 State Preschool Yearbook released today also found that the quality standards of many state-funded preschool programs are…