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Surviving State Government: An Underground Guide


December 13, 2018
Jim Squires Ph.D.

When I arrived at the Vermont Department of Education in 1991 to assume responsibilities as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator, I was eager and well-intentioned – but pretty much clueless. Where do I begin as a public servant leader? What do I do? Who do I need to know? Where do I go to get…

A Focus on Teaching and Learning in Pre-K through Second Grade – Lessons from Boston


December 6, 2018
Aaron Loewenberg and Laura Bornfreund

This blog was originally published by New America in conjunction with publication of its policy report A Focus on Teaching and Learning in Pre-K through Second Grade: Lessons from Boston . Despite growing pre-K enrollment across the country, there is an emerging consensus that high-quality pre-K is not enough to give every child what he or she needs to succeed and thrive in school and life. Without reforms to the early…

Engaging Educators in High-Quality Pre-K


November 15, 2018
Leila Sammander

Our National Teacher of the Year Program (NTOY) recognizes educators across the country and empowers them to participate in policy discussions that will have a direct impact on their students. Through this program and other educator engagement initiatives, we’ve been fortunate to build partnerships with teachers in a variety of ways and welcome their expertise…

Essentials of Quality Public Preschool


November 8, 2018 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
GG Weisenfeld Ed.D.

NIEER’s new state-by-state analysis evaluates how well 59 state-funded preschool programs satisfy a list of “ essential elements ” characterizing high-quality programs—and finds widespread change is needed to provide the high-quality early learning opportunities children need to succeed. Implementing 15 Essential Elements for High Quality reviews policies in place across 44 states and DC as well as implementation and the enabling environment in which preschool…

ECD Implementation Insights: Demand and Affordable Preschool in India


November 1, 2018
Vikram Jain, Gauri Kirtane Vanikar, Ed.D. , and Sana Kazi 

In India, there is a high demand for affordable private preschools (APSs). Unfortunately, despite the motivations of parents and their investments, students’ learning outcomes remain poor. PIPE: A case study of systems approach for scaling quality early education solutions  presents the nonprofit FSG’s approach to addressing the challenge of poor learning outcomes in urban India by leveraging existing desires and motivations of the various actors (including parents, APS owners, and…

Childcare Workforce Crisis: An Insider Perspective


October 26, 2018
Tracy Jost

I have owned an accredited early learning center for the past 13 years, serving 150 children and employing approximately 30 people. But this year we, like many others in the childcare field, are struggling to hire teachers, as early childhood centers confront a growing workforce crisis. Centers are caught between increases in the minimum wage…

Seattle Preschool Program: Public Investment Paying Off for Quality


October 19, 2018
Milagros Nores, Ph.D.

As voters consider whether to continue investing public dollars in the  Seattle Preschool Program, our multi-year evaluation indicates that, so far, it has been money well spent. Four years ago, Seattle voters approved a $58 million property tax levy to finance “accessible high-quality preschool services for Seattle children designed to improve their readiness for school…

My Love-Hate Relationship with the State of Preschool Yearbook Survey


October 5, 2018 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Karin Garver, M.A.

Fall is a harbinger of so many things.  For some, it’s the start of a new school year and the promise of new learning and skills.  For others, it’s the start of football season and the possibility of the NY Giants making the playoffs (I know, I know…but a girl can dream, can’t she?) For…

ECD Implementation Insights: Will this program work here? Assessing Feasibility


October 4, 2018 InternationalOutcomes
Diana Leyva, Ph.D.

Family involvement programs can look great on paper and yet fail miserably. Programs can have defined goals, a well-defined time frame and program structure, research-based curricula, proven results for a specific target population, and still fail to produce the positive outcomes we expect. Why do some well-designed intervention programs fail? One common reason is implementation….

Bright Horizons Plans to Pay for Teachers to Get Degrees: Questions, Concerns, and Thoughts


September 14, 2018 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Laura Bornfreund

This blog was first published by New America. Since Bright Horizons Family Solutions  announced  a new initiative this summer to pay for its teachers to obtain an AA or BA degree, about 200 employees have started classes, and more have meetings set with advisors who will help them chart their educational plan. Jasna Losic, the Associate…