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Too Many Cities Missing Opportunities to Create Lasting Benefits for their Youngest Learners

January 23, 2019
Ellen Frede, Ph.D. and Shelley Hearne

Our new national report , Pre-K in American Cities, finds a growing number of large US cities enacting new local funding streams to establish and support Pre-K, yet many programs fail to meet minimum quality standards or serve only a small percentage of eligible children. Pre-K is a proven policy that every city should employ to ensure all…

Understanding what works and what doesn’t for early child development interventions in Malawi

January 16, 2019 International
Melissa Gladstone

As more and more early childhood development programmes are launched globally, we want to be sure they are integrated as well as possible into the very different cultural and contextual settings which exist globally. Many ECD programmes have been created first in WEIRD (Western Educated Industrialised Rich and Democratic) countries. Many of these programmes now…

Tell the World about Your Program: Measure and Report Your Findings

December 21, 2018 InternationalOutcomes
Frances Aboud

Most of us want to tell the world about the success of our early childhood program. We especially want to tell others how we built it into a good program, the difficulties we overcame, and the lessons learned. We hope our experience will help others avoid problems if they are forewarned and have some solutions…

Surviving State Government: An Underground Guide

December 13, 2018

When I arrived at the Vermont Department of Education in 1991 to assume responsibilities as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator, I was eager and well-intentioned – but pretty much clueless. Where do I begin as a public servant leader? What do I do? Who do I need to know? Where do I go to get…

A Focus on Teaching and Learning in Pre-K through Second Grade – Lessons from Boston

December 6, 2018
Aaron Loewenberg and Laura Bornfreund

This blog was originally published by New America in conjunction with publication of its policy report A Focus on Teaching and Learning in Pre-K through Second Grade: Lessons from Boston . Despite growing pre-K enrollment across the country, there is an emerging consensus that high-quality pre-K is not enough to give every child what he or she needs to succeed and thrive in school and life. Without reforms to the early…

Engaging Educators in High-Quality Pre-K

November 15, 2018
Leila Sammander

Our National Teacher of the Year Program (NTOY) recognizes educators across the country and empowers them to participate in policy discussions that will have a direct impact on their students. Through this program and other educator engagement initiatives, we’ve been fortunate to build partnerships with teachers in a variety of ways and welcome their expertise…

Essentials of Quality Public Preschool

November 8, 2018 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
GG Weisenfeld Ed.D.

NIEER’s new state-by-state analysis evaluates how well 59 state-funded preschool programs satisfy a list of “ essential elements ” characterizing high-quality programs—and finds widespread change is needed to provide the high-quality early learning opportunities children need to succeed. Implementing 15 Essential Elements for High-Quality Pre-K: An Updated Scan of State Policies reviews policies in place across 44 states and DC as well as implementation and the enabling environment in which preschool…

ECD Implementation Insights: Demand and Affordable Preschool in India

November 1, 2018
Vikram Jain, Gauri Kirtane Vanikar, Ed.D. , and Sana Kazi 

In India, there is a high demand for affordable private preschools (APSs). Unfortunately, despite the motivations of parents and their investments, students’ learning outcomes remain poor. PIPE: A case study of systems approach for scaling quality early education solutions  presents the nonprofit FSG’s approach to addressing the challenge of poor learning outcomes in urban India by leveraging existing desires and motivations of the various actors (including parents, APS owners, and…

Childcare Workforce Crisis: An Insider Perspective

October 26, 2018
Tracy Jost

I have owned an accredited early learning center for the past 13 years, serving 150 children and employing approximately 30 people. But this year we, like many others in the childcare field, are struggling to hire teachers, as early childhood centers confront a growing workforce crisis. Centers are caught between increases in the minimum wage…

Seattle Preschool Program: Public Investment Paying Off for Quality

October 19, 2018
Milagros Nores, Ph.D.

As voters consider whether to continue investing public dollars in the  Seattle Preschool Program, our multi-year evaluation indicates that, so far, it has been money well spent. Four years ago, Seattle voters approved a $58 million property tax levy to finance “accessible high-quality preschool services for Seattle children designed to improve their readiness for school…