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Research reports on early education from NIEER and outside organizations

Research Reports

How Much Does Quality Preschool Cost?


March 1, 2006 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

There is abundant evidence demonstrating that states should fund quality preschool programs. However, there is less research available to suggest how much funding is necessary for programs to achieve their desired effects. This NIEER report presents current state spending on preschool, identifies some aspects of programs that are clearly related to cost, and offers estimates of the state commitment necessary to achieve various levels of access and quality.

Preschool Effects on Hispanic Children’s Cognitive Development


March 1, 2006 English Language LearnersOutcomes
Luis M. Laosa

This working paper explores whether the cognitive benefits of preschool education generalize to children from specific cultural or ethnolinguistic backgrounds, particularly children from the Hispanic population.

The Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth


January 1, 2006 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local

This paper develops a model that takes into account a wide range of assumptions for determining the long-term effects of early education on growth and the national economy.

Effects of Preschool on Educational Achievement


March 1, 2005 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Luis M. Laosa

Can current school reform policies like the No Child Left Behind Act close the achievement gap?