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Media Advisory: 50-State Survey points to States’ Failure to Invest in Quality Preschool


February 16, 2004

What The first State of Preschool report ranks all 50 states on quality of, resources for and access to state preschool programs for children in each state. The report identifies the states that set high standards for preschool programs and the states that provide no programs for their children. The report addresses the academic, law…

Op-Ed: We Don’t Want Kindergarten Cops


December 19, 2003

Imagine a “terrible twos” mindset, but in a stronger 5-year-old, a more irritable 13-year-old, or a much more cocky 19-year-old. Aggression doesn’t peak sometime in the teens as many think, but when we are much younger – just before the age of two, according to research on the brain and behavior. Time magazine reports in…

New Study Findings: Children Get Greater Boost in School, Thanks to High-Quality Preschool


October 28, 2003

Children who attend high quality, universal preschool programs enjoy better skills when they enter school, according to a powerful new Georgetown University study released today that points to teacher quality and pay in the public schools as likely reasons for improved readiness. The study, funded in part by The Pew Charitable Trusts, through the National…

Economic Expert Predicts High Returns on PNC Investment in Kids


September 8, 2003

A leading early childhood education expert today applauded the PNC Financial Services’ Grow Up Great initiative, the largest corporate financial commitment to early education, saying “it will dramatically improve the lives of children – while the rest of society gets a payoff as well.” PNC will fund early education programs in the states in which…

State Preschool Budgets Cut in Wake of Unprecedented Budget Crises


July 21, 2003

Nearly half of 18 polled states cut state preschool programs in state FY ’04 budgets, with the remaining half funding the programs only at previous year levels, said a leading early education policy expert. A poll taken by the National Institute for Early Education Research, a national early education think tank in New Brunswick, NJ,…

Leading Authority Disputes Child Care Statements


July 16, 2003

The head of the National Institute for Early Education Research took issue today with statements about a study of children in child care, calling them “a disservice to every parent who worries about making the best choice for their children. “Results like these, taken out of context, are of little help to parents who are…

Who’s Teaching Your Child?


July 9, 2003

New Brunswick, NJ – There’s no question about it: Three- and four-year-olds learn the most – socially, emotionally and academically – when their teachers have a college degree and some background in early childhood development, according to Steve Barnett, head of a national preschool research institute. The reverse is also true, said Barnett, a professor…

Head Start Proposal Advocates For More Teachers With Degrees


May 22, 2003

NIEER Director Steve Barnett lauded the teacher provisions of the House Head Start Reauthorization proposal released today that calls for increased numbers of teachers who hold college degrees with specialized training in early childhood development. He also called for authorization of additional funding to ensure the intent of the proposal can be met. “There’s no…

From Low-Tech to High-Tech: Worthy, Stimulating Holiday Gifts


December 5, 2002

Searching for just the right gift for that special three- or four-year-old on your holiday shopping list? Looking for something that is fun, promotes learning and keeps the child’s interest long past the holidays? A national research organization released tips today on selecting books and technology products to help gift buyers find presents that will…

Quality Preschool Education Pays Off


November 20, 2002

(New York, November 20) – The first study to compare the costs and benefits of providing very young children with high-quality, full-day, year-round preschool program proves that every dollar paid generates a four dollar return to the children, their families and all taxpayers, according to findings released today by the National Institute for Early Education…