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Preschool Matters Today

Are Hispanic Children Losing Out in Preschool?

May 16, 2011 English Language LearnersOutcomes

As revealed in The State of Preschool 2010 , enrollment in state-funded pre-K programs nationwide has been negatively impacted by these bad budget years . Enrollment of 4-year-olds nationwide grew by only 3.9 percent, and 3-year-old enrolled actually declined by about 4 percent from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010. Both per-child and overall funding were down as well. These changes appear to be affecting young…

Enhancing Policy and Practice for Young Dual Language Learners: What Does the Research Base Look Like?

June 7, 2010 English Language Learners

It’s critically important that more and better data on English Language Learners (ELLs) be collected so the early childhood field can move ahead with much-needed analyses that can help inform policy on a number of fronts. NIEER’s compilation of state efforts to collect data on the ELL population and support of ELLs is a welcome development. As language issues continue to assume a higher profile in the field, it’s also important…

Does State Pre-K Effectively Serve English Language Learners?

June 4, 2010 English Language Learners

As the population of young children changes, there has been an increase in research focusing on English Language Learners (ELLs). For The State of Preschool 2009 yearbook, data were collected on the number of ELLs in state-funded prekindergarten programs, support services for ELLs and their families, and whether or not programs identify having non-English speaking family members as a risk…