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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…

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…