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Research reports on early education from NIEER and outside organizations

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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.

Making Validated Educational Models Central in Preschool Standards


September 1, 2011
Lawrence Schweinhart, HighScope Educational Research Foundation

Originally Published: September 2002

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.

Investing in Young Children: New Directions in Federal Preschool and Early Childhood Policy


October 1, 2010 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Ron Haskins and Steve Barnett focus on Early Head Start, Head Start, and home visiting programs in this collection of papers they edit. Promising recommendations include closing ineffective Head Start centers or giving other program operators the opportunity to compete for Head Start.

Funding cuts to state-funded prekindergarten programs in FY10 & 11


August 1, 2010 Economics and FinanceState & Local

National Institute for Early Education Research Co-Director Steve Barnett and Research Professor Dale Epstein estimate the cuts in state funding for prekindergarten across fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

Do Effects of Early Child Care Extend to Age 15 Years? Results From the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development


May 1, 2010 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

The latest report from the NICHD child care study that has tracked more than 1,000 kids from birth to age 15 finds benefits of high-quality child care last into the teenage years.

Education Reform Starts Early: Lessons from New Jersey’s PreK-3rd Reform Efforts


December 1, 2009 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local

This report describes how New Jersey became a national leader in early education with the state's reforms from preschool to third grade.

The New Mexico PreK Evaluation: Results from the Initial Four Years of a New State Preschool Initiative


November 1, 2009 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

This summary report on the initial phase of NIEER?s New Mexico PreKstudy finds significantly improved language, literacy, and math for the children who attended over children who did not and an estimated rate of return is $5 for every $1 invested.

Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions Across the World: (Under) Investing in the Very Young


September 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This paper reviews the international evidence on the benefits of early childhood interventions.