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Finding Hidden Data Treasure – 2018 Update

August 22, 2019 State Pre-K Evaluations

Katherine Hodges and Karin Garver The State of Preschool 2018  yearbook makes it easy to find how many children in your state attend public pre-K. Or whether your state, or others, requires pay parity for pre-K teachers with K-3. And if someone with only a high school diploma is allowed to teach pre-K in your state. But if you want to…

Reimagining ECE’s Approach to Change

July 26, 2019 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

This article draws from the authors’ new book Ready or Not: Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices —12 Years Later. Why has early childhood education (ECE) not yet achieved its desired level of impact? As authors, we’ve tried to tackle this question because since publication in 2007 of Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education , little has changed in terms of the ECE…

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…