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Implementing 15 Essential Elements for High Quality: A State and Local Policy Scan


July 1, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceFederalGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
W. Steven Barnett, G.G. Weisenfeld, Kirsty Clarke Brown, Jim Squires, and Michelle Horowitz

In this report we explore the extent to which 41 states, the District of Columbia, and three large cities support high-quality state-funded preschool education. The framework for our assessment of state capacity is provided by “15 essential elements” of high-quality pre-K. These can be categorized into three clusters: enabling environment, rigorous policies, and strong practices….

Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool


November 1, 2013 AccessOutcomes
Steve Barnett, Megan Carolan, and David Johns

This policy report, released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans (WHIEEAA), discusses the lack of access to high-quality early childhood education experiences for African-American children and offers recommendations to expand opportunities.

Trends in State Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012


June 1, 2013 AccessEnglish Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. and Megan E. Carolan, MPP

This policy report, co-released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), discusses trends in enrollment, funding, and quality standards, as well as English Language Learner and Special Education students, in state-funded pre-K between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012.

Early Childhood Education: Pathways to Better Health


April 1, 2013 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This brief presents the multiple pathways through which early childhood education programs can contribute to better health, in both the short and long term.

Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President’s Pre-K Proposal


February 1, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted
W. Steven Barnett

This policy report clears up some common misconceptions about preschool's effectiveness and benefits, particularly in regards to the Obama administration's recent fact sheet on investing in early education.

Policy Brief – Preparing Young Hispanic Dual Language Learners for a Knowledge Economy


January 1, 2013 AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This brief addresses issues of preschool access and quality that are specific to Hispanic children but which can also apply to some other largely disadvantaged and immigrant groups.

Policy Brief – Perspectives on the Impact of Pre-K Expansion: Factors to Consider and Lessons from New York and Ohio


February 1, 2011 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & Local

The impact of state-funded pre-K expansion on the quality and supply of child care in New York and Ohio are assessed in this policy brief.

Early Education Enrollment and Expenditure Patterns 1995-2005


December 1, 2010 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local

These papers report on enrollments and expenditures for ECCE across the decade from 1995 to 2005 using three harmonized National Household Education Surveys. They explore the metrics of enrollment patterns by age of child, mother’s employment, marital status, expenditure patterns and prices paid per hour of services.

Policy Brief – Does Preschool Education Policy Impact Infant/Toddler Care?


March 1, 2009 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local

Public support for the education and care of 3- and 4-year-olds has increased, but has this helped or hurt the provision of care for infants (children up to 12 months old) and toddlers (1- and 2-year-olds)? This policy brief examines trends in supply and demand in the infant/toddler care market, reviews state and federal policies for infant/toddler care, and recommends policy changes that could ensure new preschool policies benefit infant/toddler care and avoid unintended negative consequences.

Policy Brief: Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys


March 1, 2009 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

This policy brief examines the efforts of six states in pursuit of preschool for all.