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Espinosa Begins Work as NIEER Co-Director


September 19, 2002

The new Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) says America is ready for a major breakthrough in providing quality preschool. Linda M. Espinosa, a leader in the development of early education programs and policy, joins the Institute as Co-Director of Research and Policy. Espinosa says, “The country has accepted the need…

Head Start Works, But Needs More Funding and Better Teachers


September 13, 2002

Sept. 13, 2002 (Washington, D.C.) — Head Start produces substantial long-term educational benefits, but increased funding and higher standards can result in even greater gains for children in the future, according to a leading early education researcher. W. Steven Barnett, PhD, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, spoke today at a congressional…

Poll Shows Voters Want States to Fund Quality Preschool for All 3- and 4-Year Olds


August 20, 2002

State governments should provide enough funding so that every American family can afford to send its three-and four-year old children to a high-quality preschool education program. That’s what nearly nine in ten respondents (87%) say in a national survey of 3,230 voters just released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), a newly…

National Institute Launches a Powerful New Resource in the Drive for High Quality Preschool


July 30, 2002

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The movement to bring high quality preschool education to all of America’s children has an important new resource. Whether you’re a legislator seeking hard data on the benefits of early education, a journalist in immediate need of an expert, or a preschool teacher looking to improve the quality of her classroom,…

Investment in pre-K will save Florida billions of dollars


June 27, 2002

A state investment in quality pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds will save Florida between $2 billion and $3 billion per each wave of 4-year-olds, according to a nationally recognized expert in education economics. Steve Barnett, Ph.D., director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, says the estimate takes into account money saved…

Pew Trusts awards Rutgers $5.3 million grant for national institute


January 14, 2002

Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education (GSE) has been awarded a $5.3 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to establish a national institute for the research and support of early childhood education initiatives, it was announced today. The National Institute for Early Education Research will support new research initiatives and work with policy makers, advocates…