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Research reports on early education from NIEER and outside organizations

Research Reports

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.

Parental Notions of School Readiness: How Have They Changed and Has Preschool Made a Difference?


December 1, 2011 Outcomes
Clive Belfield and Emma Garcia

This NIEER working paper examines school readiness from the parental perspective, examining their efforts and expectations for kindergarten in conjunction with their child’s development.

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.

“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.

Making Validated Educational Models Central in Preschool Standards


September 1, 2011
Lawrence Schweinhart, HighScope Educational Research Foundation

Originally Published: September 2002

Preschool Education as an Educational Reform: Issues of Effectiveness and Access


September 1, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
W. Steven Barnett

In this paper for the National Research Council and U.S. Equity and Excellence Commission, NIEER Director Steve Barnett looks at studies that provide rigorous estimates of the effects of some large scale, state-funded pre-K programs – both targeted and universal.  Using available data on preschool access in the United States, Dr. Barnett also provides estimates on pre-K enrollment by family income and the costs of providing educationally effective pre-K programs to all children.

Improving Early Education Programs through Data-based Decision Making


February 1, 2011 AssessmentQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

This NIEER working paper presents five options for studying the effectiveness of state-funded preschool education programs.

The New Mexico PreK Evaluation: Impacts From the Fourth Year (2008-2009) of New Mexico’s State-Funded PreK Program


November 1, 2010 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

New Mexico’s children who attend the state-funded Pre-K program have been found to have achieved significant positive effects in vocabulary, math, and literacy skills at the beginning of kindergarten, according to the fourth in a series of annual reports by NIEER.