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Child Care Policy Should be Good for Kids Not Just for Politicians


July 19, 2019

Child care has become a higher profile public policy priority as politicians have taken notice of Americans’ child care concerns. Last year, Congress passed the largest ever increase—$2.37 billion—in the federal government’s major child care program. For FY 2020, the President’s budget proposes a new $1 billion child care fund tied to deregulation. The House has passed an FY…

Class Size in Preschool: New findings add to what we know


June 28, 2019

Class size reduction policy has been long debated in early education as well as the K-12 sphere. This is not surprising given the ambiguity in defining class size and the mixed findings across several research studies. The only true experiment for preschool class size found that children assigned to smaller classes had larger gains on…

Quality of care matters for babies and toddlers: Lessons from aeioTU in Colombia


May 17, 2019
Milagros Nores

Worldwide, nations have increased public investments in early care and education to improve the development of young children. Research has found that interventions that enhance caregiving in the early years can alter children’s developmental trajectories and support their growth towards their full potential. However, improving supports for development is particularly complex for the lowest income…

Vive La Difference?


May 3, 2019
Karin Garver

The State of Preschool 2018 Yearbook included a section on the state-funded preschool workforce, specifically focusing on salaries, benefits, and other policies in place to support preschool teachers. The picture the survey painted is grim. State-funded preschool teachers are rarely supported at the same level as their K-3 counterparts. And, preschool teachers in participating privately…

Maine Children’s Alliance: the State of Preschool 2018


May 3, 2019

This post originally ran on the blog Maine Kids VOICE . According to a recent report released by the  National Institute for Early Education Research  (NIEER) more children are attending state-funded pre-K programs across the US, but state funding is not keeping pace, resulting in low compensation for pre-K teachers that threatens to undermine the quality and sustainability of programming. The State of Preschool 2018 annual report , based on 2017-18…

Don’t forget me at three—state pre-K provision for 3-year-olds lags far behind


April 26, 2019

Infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary-aged children encompass the field of early childhood education, giving the impression that all children from birth through age 8, fit neatly into one of three categories. But state policies suggest something quite different for 3-year-old children as they often are neglected when state preschool programs are designed and…

Behind the Numbers: How State Preschool Has Changed Since 2002


April 18, 2019
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D. and Steven Barnett Ph.D.

NIEER released its 16th State of Preschool report this week, once again providing information on enrollment, spending, and policies, especially those related to quality. This is a complex report and so we have written this blog to help readers get behind the numbers to what it all means.  The State of Preschool is both a national report and…

Beyond “Thanks and Recognition”: Elevating Early Childhood Educators


April 18, 2019
Lauren Hogan and Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

Every year,  NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child  and NIEER’s State of Preschool Yearbook bring attention to early childhood education, celebrating what we do, and sharing research on how far we have to go. This year, both organizations included a focus on early childhood education professionals, with NIEER targeting data-collecting and sharing about pre-K teachers, and NAEYC working with partners to…

Blueprint for Quality Preschool


March 29, 2019

When you meet with a contractor to build a house, what is the first question you’re compelled to ask? Is it “How much is this going cost?” or maybe “How long is this going to take?” Of course, the contractor is likely to respond with something like: “Well, that depends. What kind of house do…

New Data Report Informs Early Childhood Interventions


March 22, 2019
Megan Carolan

There is no one comprehensive indicator of child well-being. Instead, child well-being spans physical, social-emotional, and cognitive health and development. Since children do not grow up in a vacuum separate from parents or communities, a variety of factors influence overall well-being and long-term flourishing. How can teachers, administrators, researchers, and parents get a sense of…