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Ensuring Benefits for All Preschoolers


October 22, 2020
Jason Hustedt

With NIEER and University of Delaware colleagues, I recently looked at effects of the New Mexico PreK program in an Early Childhood Research Quarterly journal article . Results of our study show good news for young children in New Mexico. The program produces overall benefits in each school readiness content area we studied – language, literacy, and math. This echoes what we’ve…

Remote schooling failed our preschoolers. We have to do better.


July 30, 2020
Milagros Nores

With four children under the age of 9, I am among our nation’s millions of parents dramatically affected by school closures due to the pandemic. Our old normal was replaced by a new normal of uncertainty and chaos. What comes next? How do we support our children while taking on new roles at home as…

Years After Funding Cuts, Preschool Yet to Recover


May 14, 2020
Karin Garver

As the saying goes, those who do not learn their history are doomed to repeat it.  Living in the present COVID-19 environment, we’d be foolish not to revisit our history lessons to see how they might guide post-COVID policy responses.  Fortune recently published a commentary by NIEER Founder and Co-Director Dr. W. Steven Barnett called “ Now is the time to invest in preschool education.  Here’s why.

Lessons from China to Keep and Teach Our Children Well, Especially the Youngest


April 9, 2020
Dr. W. Steven Barnett and Dr. Zijia Li

Having dealt with COVID-19 longer than any nation, China’s experience offers important lessons for American early care and education policymakers. China responded to the virus’ impact on children in two broad moves: (1) closing school and child care classrooms nationwide and (2) providing free educational resources and guidance for remote learning and teaching for teachers…

Honor The Essential Early Childhood Workforce During The COVID-19 Pandemic: Some Examples And New Ideas


March 25, 2020
Peggy Daly Pizzo, M.Ed. and Ed.M.

Billowing across the tide of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic is a beginning tidal wave of need for emergency child care, especially for essential workers and low-income and homeless families. Child care, Head Start, Pre-K and other educators and leaders, in close personal (if the child care program is not yet closed) or telephone/digital (if closed)…

What Must We Do Right Now for Child Care Providers?


March 25, 2020
Dr. Allison Friedman-Krauss

As a full-time working mom of a not-quite two-year-old, I have lots of “mom guilt” over leaving my toddler at child care for nine-ish hours each day. I’ve always wished for more time with him and am sad when I think about all the hours he spends at “school”. Last week this all changed suddenly…

Beyond Borders in a Crises: the Global Response to Support Children


March 24, 2020
Joan Lombardi

Every day the numbers testing positive for COVID-19 rise and countries around the world face new realities. If there is anything this crisis has reinforced, it is that there are no real borders. We are all interconnected. While advocates for children and families are rallying in the United States, similar efforts are taking place around…

Into the unknown. Managing home-schooling and work in the age of COVID-19.


March 19, 2020
Milagros Nores, Ph.D., Co-Director for Research, National Institute for Early Education Research

We might all wish for some magic in our worlds right now, but while waiting for that I thought I would share with others my practical approaches to home schooling. At least for me, there is no Olaf to keep the happy going, and I feel slapped with a reality I still struggle to understand…

Financing High-Quality Infant-Toddler Care


March 10, 2020
Karen Schulman, Child Care and Early Learning Research Director, National Women’s Law Center

  High-quality care for infants and toddlers is essential to the well-being of families. It supports the healthy development and learning of children during their crucial early years and enables parents to work so they can gain financial security for themselves and their families—and in fostering children’s success and parents’ ability to work, high-quality infant/toddler…

Should Lead Teachers Have Their Own Credential?


January 14, 2020
Valora Washington, PhD, CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, and Peggy Brookins, NBCT, President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

The quality and standards for early childhood education (ECE) can vary widely across the U.S. and often depend on where you live. The Council for Professional Recognition (CFPR) has helped establish standard competencies for early childhood educators by offering the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential. Over the past 45 years, more than 800,000 CDA credentials…