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NIEER Pre-K Data Snapshot: Alignment of Pre-K and Kindergarten Child Assessments: 2018-2019 School Year

August 18, 2020
Kate Hodges

Young Children’s Home Learning and Preschool Participation Experiences During the Pandemic

July 23, 2020 Access

Technical Report Young Children’s Home Learning and Preschool Participation Experiences During the Pandemic / NIEER 2020 Preschool Learning Activities Survey: Technical Report and Selected Findings (PDF) – Updated August 2020 Special Report Understanding and responding to the pandemic’s impacts on preschool education: What can we learn from last spring? (PDF) – Updated August 2020 News Release America’s Preschoolers Lose Important Learning Opportunities Due to Pandemic, Raising Concerns for the Future / Survey: Preschools Provided Little or No Effective Learning and Development Supports as some Parent-provided Home Learning Activities Declined (PDF) Methodology NIEER Methodology Report (PDF) Related Resources The Pandemic and Preschool Education in Five Charts, National Education Policy Center, Sept. 10, 2020 (PDF)  

China ECE Policy Response to COVID-19

March 20, 2020
Dr. Lin Li ECNU and Visiting Scholar, NIEER, Rutgers University

China ECE policy response to COVID (PDF)    

Seattle Pre-K Program Evaluation

November 14, 2019 AssessmentOutcomesState & Local

The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University and  Cultivate Learning,  at the University of Washington, have conducted evaluations of the demonstration phase of the Seattle Preschool program. Evaluations assessed preschool quality and measured children’s gains in receptive vocabulary, literacy, math and executive functions. The City of Seattle is in the final year of a…

Barriers to Expansion of NC Pre-K: Problems and Potential Solutions

January 17, 2019 AccessState & Local

North Carolina’s preschool program has solid evidence that it produces long-term benefits, but most children eligible for NC Pre-K are unable to enroll due to inadequate state funding, according to an analysis by the National Institute for Early Education Research. Barriers to Expansion of NC Pre-K: Problems and Potential Solutions highlights three interrelated issues critical to expanding the NC Pre-K program: accurately determining how many children are eligible for NC Pre-k…

aeioTU Longitudinal Study

October 31, 2018 AssessmentInternationalOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

The  aeioTU  Longitudinal Study is a randomized trial longitudinal study into the immediate and short-term cognitive, linguistic, nutritional and social effects of a comprehensive educational and nutritional 0-5 intervention in Colombia, in the form of aeioTU centers. The research is headed by Milagros Nores from the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) in collaboration with Raquel…


June 1, 2018 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , the National Institute for Early Education Research recently launched a multi-year study engaging more than 1,000 children across New Jersey to see how preschool policies and practices at school district, school, and classroom levels influence child development and health. Subscribe to RWJF/NIEER Research Study Newsletter Purpose Research has indicated a link between physical activity and children’s cognitive performance, as well…

Strategies in Pursuit of Pre-K Teacher Compensation Parity:

October 3, 2017 Economics and FinanceState & LocalWorkforce

The National Institute for Early Education Research is proud to partner with the  Center for the Study of Child Care Employment  at UC Berkeley on release of a new report revealing how states and cities are closing the gap in compensation between equally qualified pre-K teachers and kindergarten and elementary school teachers. This report is the third in a series of materials on…

Getting Qualified: A Report on the Efforts of Preschool Teachers in New Jersey’s Abbott Districts to Improve their Qualifications

June 29, 2017 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Sharon Ryan Ph.D. and Debra J. Ackerman

This report was originally published March 3, 2004. Research evidence demonstrates that a high-quality early education can ameliorate the effects of disadvantage and produce positive outcomes not only for children and their families, but society as well (Barnett, 1998; Vandell & Wolfe, 2000). One of the most consistent indicators of quality is the presence of…

Preschoolers’ Executive Function: Importance, Contributors, Research Needs and Assessment Options

June 16, 2017
Debra J. Ackerman and Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

The early education field is increasingly recognizing the key role played by young children’s executive function (EF) skills, generally defined as the cognitive abilities that consciously support goal-directed behaviors (Diamond, 2006; Garon, Bryson, & Smith, 2008). This recognition is important given the continued policy emphasis on expanding at-risk children’s access to publicly funded prekindergarten (Barnett…