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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.

Preschool Programs Can Boost School Readiness

June 1, 2008 AccessOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted

Georgetown study finds Oklahoma's state-funded preschool for all program boosts children's skills dramatically.

Longitudinal Effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program: Findings from Kindergarten and First Grade

May 1, 2008 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

This study estimates the effects of state-funded pre-K in Arkansas on children's language, mathematics, and literacy skills through first grade.

Partnering for Preschool

April 1, 2008 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsWorkforce

In this study of the New Jersey Abbott preschool program, researchers identify ingredients of success others can use in developing programs with mixed delivery systems.

What Research Says About K-8 Science Learning and Teaching

November 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

The way we teach science fails to recognize that "Children are capable of abstract reasoning and theory building from very early ages" writes Rutgers University science education professor Richard A. Duschl in a compelling article in the November/December 2007 issue of Principal, a magazine published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Preschool Program Improves Cognitive Control

November 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Findings from a study appearing in Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), show that the play-based Tools of the Mind curriculum can improve cognitive control (executive function) in preschool-age children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Impact of Teacher Education on Outcomes in Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs: A Meta-analysis

September 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Pamela Kelley and Gregory Camilli

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.

An Effectiveness-based Evaluation of Five State Pre-Kindergarten Programs using Regression-Discontinuity

June 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

An evaluation of the effects of prekindergarten programs in five states (Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia) on children’s receptive vocabulary, math, and print awareness skills. Authors Vivian Wong, Thomas Cook, Steve Barnett, and Kwanghee Jung used a rigorous research design to estimate effects.