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How States Can Develop Their Early Education Workforce


April 2, 2018
Abbie Lieberman

This guest post from New America and the Education Commission of the States underscores the key role states play on early education policy. Get detailed information about state-funded pre-K programs in The State of Preschool 2017 coming soon! Last month, the federal government passed an omnibus spending bill to fund the government through the end…

New Research on Pre-K: Surprising Findings


March 29, 2018
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

A variety of state-funded pre-K programs generally produce broad gains in participating children’s learning, as measured at kindergarten entry, according to NIEER’s study published this week in AERA Open. However, these positive findings come with some important cautions that—in the context of the broader research literature—suggest two key lessons for policy makers. State-funded pre-K programs…

Improving State Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Policy: Reflections and Recommendations


March 8, 2018

BUILD Initiative and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes recently released A Learning Table to Improve State Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Policy: Reflections and Recommendations After Three Years of Implementation , sharing both lessons learned and recommendations related to providing technical assistance on state early education practices. From 2014-2017, BUILD Initiative and CEELO co-facilitated several State Policy Learning Tables including representatives from more than three states to support state leaders in their efforts to strengthen policy focused on early…

The Solution for the Workforce Dilemma is the Public Schools


February 8, 2018 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Jason Sachs

To facilitate interaction among ideas presented in New America’s “Moving Beyond False Choices for Early Childhood Educators,” Series Editor Stacie G. Goffin provides opening comments. For readers new to the Series, her  introduction  explains the Series’ intent.  Jason Sachs’ assumes a different position from  the first post  on the interplay among preparation and education, compensation and status, and diversity…

Early Education: Reflecting Back….and Moving Forward


February 1, 2018 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Joan Lombardi, Ph.D.

The National Association of State Boards of Education recently published Stepping Up for Early Childhood Education exploring ways to revitalize state policymaker efforts ensuring all children have a strong start and featuring an article by CEELO Senior Project Director Lori Connors-Tadros about the legacy of a 30-year-old NASBE task force on early education. In this blog, Joan Lombardi, reflects on the leadership role…

Funding the Future


January 24, 2018 Economics and FinanceQuality and Curriculum
GG Weisenfeld

Education commissioners from across the country recently gathered at their annual Winter Commissioners Meeting to learn, share ideas, and prepare to guide education policy in the coming year. Building on the 2016 Education Commission of the States (ECS) report, K-3 Policymakers’ Guide to Action: Making the early years count , the meeting focused on strategic planning for the future—ensuring a capable future workforce through intentional investments across P-20…

Quality Preschool is Key to Stronger, Fairer New Jersey


January 18, 2018
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

First published in NJ Spotlight This year marks the 20th anniversary of what has been called the Abbott preschool program—a national and international model of high-quality, effective, preschool education that, despite its success, has yet to be offered to most children in New Jersey. For almost a decade, New Jersey led the nation in improved outcomes for…

Let’s Focus Less on ‘Leaders’ and More on Leadership


January 10, 2018
Anne L. Douglass and Stacie G. Goffin

Many of us tend to think of leadership as a formal position with a job title, such as school principal or center director. A recent NIEER news item focusing on a new Early Childhood Clearinghouse report, “Closing the Leadership Gap: 2017 Status Report on Early Childhood Program Leadership in the United States,” is a good example. In calling attention to the report, NIEER writes that past efforts to collect data on the early childhood…

CEELO turns 5, looks to future


December 21, 2017 FederalState & LocalWorkforce
Jana Martella and Lori Connors-Tadros Ph.D.

Five. It’s an important year in the early childhood continuum, and it is a good time reflect on the journey and look forward to what’s ahead. One of 22 Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department to provide technical assistance to State Education Agencies (SEAs), the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) was provided an extended opportunity to continue working with…

Determining Early Childhood Program Costs and Benefits


December 8, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

A new review from Rand providing research on the costs and benefits of programs to support early childhood development indicates there is vast room for improvement—not just in programs, but in the application of economic analysis to these programs. Too often, BCA becomes a tool for advocacy for existing programs rather than for understanding and…