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Why I’m Going to Head Start


August 15, 2011 Outcomes

As many of you know, I recently transitioned to a new position as Senior Vice President for Early Learning, Research and Training at Acelero Learning and will no longer be co-director of NIEER. I’ve loved my job at NIEER – the research has been interesting and my colleagues here and elsewhere have been a pleasure and inspiration….

Early Childhood Education Featured in Principal Magazine


August 10, 2011 Outcomes

NIEER co-directors Ellen Frede and Steve Barnett discuss the critical role pre-K plays in closing the achievement gap in the May/June issue of NAESP’s Principal magazine. Drs. Frede and Barnett note that the availability of preschool is a strong predictor of differences in scores in the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a comparison of educational achievement across 65 countries.  They also point…

Human Capital Development: Why Pre-K Needs to be a Capitol Concern


August 5, 2011

It would be difficult to find a more timely report than Attracting, Developing, and Maintaining Human Capital: A New Model for Economic Development , from the Partnership for America’s Economic Success (a project of the Pew Center on the States).  At the same time American families fret over the continued economic doldrums and begin to worry about back-to-school shopping for their kids, the report connects high-quality early education to long-term economic success,…

Early Education: The Power to Reduce Future Crime Victimization


July 29, 2011 Outcomes

While the goal of high-quality preschool programs is to ensure all young learners are ready to succeed in school, these programs are linked with a number of impressive long-term outcomes . Children who attend high-quality preschool are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to higher education than are their peers who did not…

Pre-K Disparities: What You Get Depends on Where You Live


July 20, 2011 AccessQuality and Curriculum

When we analyzed the data for The State of Preschool 2010 , a disturbing trend that we noticed the previous year continued to appear: during these difficult economic times, disparities among states in providing high-quality preschool education are growing larger. Consequently, children’s access to and quality of experiences in preschool vary drastically depending on where they reside. For instance, a…

NIEER’s Comments on Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge


July 11, 2011 Assessment

As NIEER noted last week , officials from the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released draft guidelines for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program and will be accepting comments on those guidelines until 5pm EDT today. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) applauds this early learning initiative and offers the following comments . –…

And They’re Off!: Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Details Announced


July 7, 2011

Last week, in conference calls with stakeholders and reporters, officials from the Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) provided further details on the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. The Obama administration announced $500 million for the competitive grants in late May, and will accept feedback on the draft guidelines until July 11 before finalizing the…

Child’s Play: Should Preschoolers Engage with Technology or Good-Old Fashioned Fun?


June 30, 2011

As Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole in children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, she grabs at a jar of orange marmalade and, having no place to put it when she is done, watches it fall. With the touch of a fingertip, a child reading pulls the jar of orange marmalade back to the top…

Resources: State Pre-K on the Chopping Block?


June 28, 2011

DIGGING DEEPER: WHAT THE YEARBOOK HAS TO SAY ABOUT FUNDING (PART 3 OF 3-PART SERIES) In our annual report of state-funded preschool programs, we examine three key features of each state pre-K initiative: access, quality standards, and resources. Here we provide a big picture look at the last of these features, resources, in an effort…

Quality Standards: Gains and Losses in Tough Times


June 22, 2011

DIGGING DEEPER: WHAT THE YEARBOOK HAS TO SAY ABOUT QUALITY STANDARDS (PART 2 OF 3-PART SERIES) In our annual report of state-funded preschool programs, we examine three key features of each state pre-K initiative: access, quality standards, and resources. Here we provide a big picture look at the one of these features, quality standards, in…