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ECD Implementation Insights: Will this program work here? Assessing Feasibility


October 4, 2018 InternationalOutcomes
Diana Leyva, Ph.D.

Family involvement programs can look great on paper and yet fail miserably. Programs can have defined goals, a well-defined time frame and program structure, research-based curricula, proven results for a specific target population, and still fail to produce the positive outcomes we expect. Why do some well-designed intervention programs fail? One common reason is implementation….

Bright Horizons Plans to Pay for Teachers to Get Degrees: Questions, Concerns, and Thoughts


September 14, 2018 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Laura Bornfreund

This blog was first published by New America. Since Bright Horizons Family Solutions  announced  a new initiative this summer to pay for its teachers to obtain an AA or BA degree, about 200 employees have started classes, and more have meetings set with advisors who will help them chart their educational plan. Jasna Losic, the Associate…

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…

AI/AN: Infusing PreK Curriculum with Tribal Culture


November 29, 2017 AccessFederalOutcomes
Jessica Barnes-Najor and Ann Cameron

Early childhood education research has rarely focused on supporting young children in tribal communities, hampering our capacity to understand and advocate for the kinds of high-quality practices grounded in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) culture that can make a positive difference in children’s lives. Despite these challenges, many tribes across the country are striving…

Looking Before They Leap: How ESSA Can Help Students Transition


May 2, 2017 FederalOutcomes
Michelle Horowitz

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The leap from pre-K to kindergarten can be both exciting and stressful, as children face new classrooms, new classmates, new rules, and new teachers….

Questions of Access and Equity: Suspension and Expulsion in PreK


October 26, 2016 AccessOutcomesState & Local
by Kate Abbott, Ph.D.

Expanding access to quality preschool has been a focus of recent policies at both the state and national levels.  The 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act includes federal support to states that can be used to expand access to quality prekindergarten.  Individual states have varied in their adoption of prekindergarten initiatives. Vermont, for…

Being There: Absenteeism Undermines Pre-K Benefits


September 20, 2016 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
by Melissa Dahlin

The early childhood field is committed to increasing access to high quality early learning experiences. But the work doesn’t stop at enrollment –we need to ensure children are consistently attending in order to reap the benefits. Every day in high quality programs provides ongoing learning opportunities. Missing out on that can have both short- and…

In Back-to-School Rush, Think of First-Time Students


September 7, 2016 Outcomes
by Valora Washington

It’s that time of year when parents are inundated with back-to-school reminders and instructions on everything from updating emergency contact lists to making sure they purchase binders with the correct width. Much of the activity around preparing for the first day of school tends to focus on those children who are indeed going back to…

How much can high-quality Universal Pre-K reduce achievement gaps?


March 31, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

In a report published by the Center for American Progress , NIEER researchers find that providing high-quality prekindergarten to all children nationally would dramatically reduce inequality in academic preparedness at kindergarten entry. Here we provide highlights from that report. Many ethnic/racial minority children and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without all the skills they need to succeed in…

Building the capacity of state early childhood administrators: CEELO FY2015


February 10, 2016 OutcomesWorkforce

At CEELO we believe all organizations benefit from a continuous improvement process based on evaluation. That’s why we’re not only engaged in providing Technical Assistance (TA) to states across the country, but we also evaluate our own work and act upon feedback to enhance our services and outreach. The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) is one…