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Research reports on early education from NIEER and outside organizations

Research Reports

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.

Continued Impacts of New Mexico PreK on Children’s Readiness for Kindergarten: Results from the Third Year of Implementation


September 1, 2009 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

NIEER's multi-year study shows that children who attended New Mexico PreK scored higher in early math, language, and literacy than children who did not attend the program.

English Language Learners’ Math and Reading Achievement Trajectories in the Elementary Grades: Full Technical Report


June 1, 2009 English Language Learners
Claudia Galindo

This paper aims to provide detailed descriptive analyses of the patterns of language minority students' achievement.

NIEER Working Paper – What Do We Know About the Impact of Publicly funded Preschool Education on the Supply and Quality of Infant/Toddler Care?


April 1, 2009
Debra J. Ackerman and W. Steven Barnett

This report examines the extent to which publicly funded preschool education programs have helped or hindered infant and toddler programs.

NIEER Working Paper – Mathematics and Science in Preschool: Policy and Practice


March 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Kimberly Brenneman, Judi Stevenson-Boyd and Ellen C. Fre

Does a teacher's bachelor's degree have a positive impact on early childhood education outcomes? This meta-analysis was conducted to provide a quantitative synthesis of research findings on the relationship of teacher educational attainment and measures of classroom quality and child development.

Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11): Influences on Children’s Cognitive and Social Development in Year 6


March 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11): Influences on Children’s Cognitive and Social Development in Year 6 By Pam Sammons et al. (2008) This brief from the Effective Preschool and Primary Education (EPPE) project presents findings that show preschool quality and effectiveness remained statistically significant predictors of educational attainment and social/behavioral outcomes through…

Preschool Influences on Mathematics Achievement


August 1, 2008 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted

Findings from this study indicate that high-quality preschool may be a factor in improving children's mathematical skills.

Impacts of New Mexico PreK on Children’s School Readiness at Kindergarten Entry


June 1, 2008 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

This is the second report from an ongoing NIEER study of New Mexico PreK.