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Research

Influencing policy, practice & opinion

Overview

Since 2002, the National Institute for Early Education Research has provided independent, research-based analysis and technical assistance to inform policy supporting high-quality early education for all young children. NIEER is committed to providing nonpartisan research that enhances the early childhood education field and encourages policies and practices promoting the physical, cognitive and social-emotional development children need to thrive in school and beyond. See NIEER’s ongoing and recent projects.

Use this guide to view NIEER research by topical area. Past and current supporters of research performed by NIEER include: The Pew Charitable Trusts, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Fund for New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, Smith Richardson Foundation, Tulsa Community Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).

Access

Access to preK varies; research on enrollment issues in state-funded programs
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Assessment

Analyses of assessment issues and information on preK standards across the nation and by state
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Economics and Finance

Research on economic benefits and costs of quality preK programs and facilities
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English Language Learners

Information on preK diversity issues and achieving best outcomes for English language learners
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Federal

Evaluations of national preK policy and programs, such as ESSA, Head Start and Early Head Start
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Outcomes

Resources related to cognitive, behavioral and social-emotional outcomes
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Quality and Curriculum

Research on elements of quality of preK, links between quality and outcomes, and inclusion
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State & Local

Review preK standards and evaluations, private partnerships, and access, quality and funding
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Workforce

Information regarding preK teacher qualifications, compensation & professional development
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Research Instruments

Research Instruments developed by NIEER are available for license
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