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Using The State of Preschool 2009: What You See In Print is Only Part of What You Get


May 14, 2010

Each year, when we publish the NIEER State of Preschool Yearbook, we rank the various state pre-K programs based on children’s access to them and resources allocated to pre-K in each state. Beyond these rankings, however, there’s lots to learn from the print edition and even more in the online edition, which contains an informative…

Education Can “Shore Up” New Jersey’s Image


May 10, 2010 Workforce

Linda Darling-Hammond’s recent lecture at the Education Law Center in Newark could not have come at a more appropriate time for concerned New Jersey educators. Except for heated debates between a newly elected governor and the New Jersey Education Association, the only notoriety that New Jersey has received lately has been Jersey Shore, a silly…

Steven Barnett: Thoughts on the State of Preschool


May 4, 2010 Workforce

Today I visited a wonderful publicly funded preschool program run by the AppleTree Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.  In D.C., 40 percent of 4-year-olds attend the District’s preschool programs and nearly a quarter of the 3-year-olds.  The programs meet high standards and are adequately funded.  I don’t know if all of them are up…

A First Step, But Common Core Standards Must Meet the “Goldilocks Test”


April 27, 2010 Outcomes

It’s no surprise that the K-12 Common Core State Standards posted for comments by the Center for Best Practices at the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers received plenty of them from early childhood professionals. After all, this effort in standards-making, when complete, will directly impact teaching and curriculum, if used as intended, and…

Anatomy of a Subsidized Child Care Fraud


April 22, 2010

Congratulations are due Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel who took home a Pulitzer Prize for her series “Cashing in on Kids” that exposed deception and fraud in the $350 million Wisconsin Shares program. Besides being compelling reading, Rutledge’s series is a cautionary tale for policymakers and administrators of child care programs. That’s because, in…

Retired Air Force General Norman R. Seip: Expanding High-Quality Pre-K is a Matter of National Security


April 9, 2010 Outcomes

Over the years, the ranks of those advocating for expanding public pre-K have grown as economists and business leaders made the case that providing all kids with a high-quality early education is essential to America’s future competitiveness. Now a growing list of the nation’s top military leaders say doing so is also a matter of…

Close Encounters of the Pre-K Kind


April 5, 2010 Workforce

Related Reading Good Morning, Children: My First Years in Early Childhood Education Sophia E. Pappas, 2009 Gryphon House, Inc. Beltsville, MD 188 pp., ISBN 978-0-87659-078-2 $14.95 So much that’s written about preschool education these days comes from “on high” that we run the risk of forgetting how much it is, at its core, a series…

Health Care Reform: Early Learning Challenge Fund Dropped but Home Visitation Survives


March 26, 2010

We were bitterly disappointed to learn that the Early Learning Challenge Fund didn’t survive the rough and tumble of the health care reform effort. It represented much that was good about the Obama approach to education. Using competitive grants to fund better quality, better-coordinated services for children from birth to age 5, as the program…

Calling All Doctoral Students: Dissertation Funding Available


March 24, 2010

Child Care Research Scholars grants are available to support graduate students as a way of encouraging child care policy research. Eligible applicants include doctoral level graduate students enrolled in accredited public, state-controlled, and private institutions of higher education, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), and faith-based…

Why School Reform Should Begin With Pre-K


March 12, 2010 Outcomes

In the past, too many school reform conversations have begun at the kindergarten door, but that is changing. We think it particularly noteworthy that the latest issue of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) quarterly journal American Educator features two articles devoted preschool education. In their article “The Promise of Preschool,” NIEER Co-Directors Ellen Frede and Steve Barnett make…