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My Love-Hate Relationship with the State of Preschool Yearbook Survey


October 5, 2018 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Karin Garver, M.A.

Fall is a harbinger of so many things.  For some, it’s the start of a new school year and the promise of new learning and skills.  For others, it’s the start of football season and the possibility of the NY Giants making the playoffs (I know, I know…but a girl can dream, can’t she?) For…

Lesssons Learned


July 26, 2018 State & Local

The annual  CEELO/NAESC-SDE Roundtable  brings together state early education specialists, national experts and advocates to share ideas, generate new ones, and reboot our collective enthusiasm for the challenge of improving children’s lives through education policy. This year, about 140 participants spent two days tackling issues during work sessions. But the best part is the informal interaction among colleagues,…

Cities Emerge as Preschool Champions


May 22, 2018 State & Local
W. Steven Barnett, GG Weisenfeld, Ellen Frede

Support for public funding of high-quality preschool is near universal; elected officials from both parties at all levels of government, business people, law enforcement professionals, military leaders, pediatricians, neuroscientists, educators and developmental researchers all understand the benefits of a good education for young children. These benefits go beyond the early years and education as preschool…

Early Education: Reflecting Back….and Moving Forward


February 1, 2018 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Joan Lombardi, Ph.D.

The National Association of State Boards of Education recently published Stepping Up for Early Childhood Education exploring ways to revitalize state policymaker efforts ensuring all children have a strong start and featuring an article by CEELO Senior Project Director Lori Connors-Tadros about the legacy of a 30-year-old NASBE task force on early education. In this blog, Joan Lombardi, reflects on the leadership role…

CEELO turns 5, looks to future


December 21, 2017 FederalState & LocalWorkforce
Jana Martella and Lori Connors-Tadros Ph.D.

Five. It’s an important year in the early childhood continuum, and it is a good time reflect on the journey and look forward to what’s ahead. One of 22 Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department to provide technical assistance to State Education Agencies (SEAs), the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) was provided an extended opportunity to continue working with…

The State of Preschool 2016: Raising the Bar on Quality


May 26, 2017 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

The State of Preschool 2016 yearbook released this week found more states–43 plus the District of Columbia and Guam–funding public preschool programs, more children enrolled and more quality standards benchmarks met. Since we began surveying states in 2002, continued–albeit, slow–progress has been made. Since NIEER introduced the Yearbook in 2003, research has continued to inform practice regarding the characteristics of…

Putting the ‘Every’ in ESSA: How States Can Prioritize PreK to Grade 3


November 16, 2016 FederalState & Local
by Lori Connors-Tadros, Ph.D.

What would it take for “every child to succeed,” as our new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) suggests?  States can choose to use this major federal education legislation, which at its core is intended to address inequities in educational opportunities, to refocus on the early years–birth to third grade.  State forerunners in addressing early learning…

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…

Learning from Leading States: Building P-3 Systems


October 14, 2016 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
by David Jacobson

In western Oregon, a regional early learning hub supports 30 partnerships of elementary schools, neighboring family childcare providers and community-based preschools focused on professional learning and family engagement. In Lowell, MA, elementary schools, preschool centers, and family childcare providers working in the same neighborhoods participate in “communities of practice” to improve teaching and family engagement….

Grading State Pre-K on the Curve: Is the Best Good Enough?


September 14, 2016 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
by Jim Squires

Each spring when NIEER releases The State of Preschool Yearbook there is a rush to compare one state to another. States ranking high in access, resources and quality are pleased while others are disappointed their preschool efforts fall short. This is especially true when states look at the number of benchmarks for minimum acceptable quality standards attained; only 7 programs…