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Research reports on early education from NIEER and outside organizations

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Examining Quality in Two Preschool Settings: Publicly Funded Early Childhood Education and Inclusive Early Childhood Education Classrooms


October 16, 2016
Christina Yeager Pelatti, Jaclyn M. Dynia, Jessica A. R. Logan, Laura M. Justice, Joan Kaderavek

Research shows that high-quality early education is essential for all children. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees children with disabilities the right to be included in school alongside typically developing peers, known as inclusion. Abut 10 percent of all preschoolers are diagnosed with a disability and nearly half of preschool-aged children with…

Public Pre-K Financial Landscape


September 16, 2016 Economics and FinanceFederal
Richard Kasmin

The view of preschool as welfare influences the way preschool education is financed and helps explain why the US doesn’t offer every child a quality preschool education. Preschool funding is much more heavily dependent on a patchwork of federal programs — a tradition more reflective of social insurance programs than public education, which is primarily…

Response to The Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013: Evaluation of the Operations and Effectiveness of the Program


December 1, 2015 State & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

PEER’s report evaluating Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaborative Preschool Program relies on research that does not meet the high standards needed to reach valid conclusions regarding program effectiveness that is typically used to inform policy. Several limitations of the data and methodology are acknowledged in the report.

Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy


December 1, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

In 2013, preschool education received more attention in the media and public policy circles than it has for some time, in part because of a series of high-profile proposals to expand access to quality pre-K.  The scientific basis for these proposed expansions of quality pre-K is impressive.  This paper brings to bear the full weight…

Fact Sheet: The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES)


December 1, 2013 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, the seventh year of implementation of the high-quality pre-K program in New Jersey's Abbott districts, NIEER began a longitudinal study to measure learning gains from participating in Abbott pre-K.  At the time the study began, quality had risen but not yet to its current level, and 40,500 3- and 4-year-old children were served. This fact sheet presents key takeaways from NIEER's longitudinal study of the program quality and child outcomes.

The State of Infant-Toddler Care and Education in New Jersey


December 1, 2013 AccessQuality and Curriculum
Judith M. Y. Alexandre, Natalie Makow, Kwanghee Jung, Steve Barnett

In this report to New Jersey Council for Young Children (NJCYC) Department of Education, researchers present the results of two studies of the quality of child care received by infants and toddlers in New Jersey which addressed the following questions: What is the quality of infant and toddler center-based care in New Jersey?  What is the quality of this infant/toddler care in each of the twenty one counties?  What are some common strengths and weaknesses of infant and toddler center-based care?

The Essex Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP)


June 1, 2013 Quality and Curriculum
Judith Marie Yves Alexandre, Natalie Makow, Kwanghee Jung, W. Steven Barnett

A survey of the quality of infant and toddler child care in Essex County (including Newark, Orange, Irvington and East Orange) finds that high quality care is scarce, especially for infants.  Poor quality care is far too common. Recommendations for improvement are offered based on a study of the determinants of care quality in Essex County.

Acelero 2011-12 Program Evaluation—Summary Report


June 1, 2013 AssessmentOutcomes
Steve Barnett and Kwanghee Jung

This report presents the results from the second year of NIEER’s evaluation of Acelero students’ learning in language and general conceptual knowledge and early math skills.

Longitudinal Effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program: Findings from First Grade through Fourth Grade


May 1, 2013 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Kwanghee Jung, W. Steven Barnett, Jason T. Hustedt, Jessica Francis

Arkansas’ state-funded preschool program has been found to have positive effects on children’s receptive vocabulary, math, and literacy.

Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study: Fifth Grade Follow-Up


March 1, 2013 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
W. Steven Barnett, Kwanghee Jung, Min-Jong Youn, and Ellen C. Frede

The multi-year study of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program shows that children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities who participate in the pre-K program make significant gains in literacy, language, math and science through 4th and 5th grade.