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Research reports on early education from NIEER and outside organizations

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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?

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.

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.

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.

Estimated Participation and Hours in Early Care and Education by Type of Arrangement and Income at Ages 2 to 4 in 2010


December 1, 2012 Access
W. Steven Barnett and Milagros Nores

This working paper by NIEER Director Steve Barnett and NIEER Associate Director of Research Milagros Nores estimates participation in early childhood education programs by child’s age, program setting, family income level, and child’s household language.

Investing in Early Childhood Education: A Global Perspective


November 1, 2012 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
W. Steven Barnett and Milagros Nores

NIEER Director Steve Barnett presented the key note address at an international conference on “Early Childhood: Secure Childhood. Promising Future” at Princess Nora University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  His presentation and paper, jointly authored with NIEER Assistant Research Professor Milagros Nores, was titled Investing in Early Childhood Education: A Global Perspective.

“Who’s in the Circle?” A Study of Family Participation in Georgia’s Pre-K Program


December 1, 2011 AccessState & Local

This NIEER working paper presents the results of a study that examines which household characteristics are related to the probability of participating in the voluntary pre-K program.

Determinants of Household Participation in Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program


December 1, 2011 AccessState & Local

This NIEER working paper looks at the determinants of household awareness of and participation in the Florida VPK program.