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How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?


April 11, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Many children of color and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without the academic skills they need to succeed. Compared to their white peers, African American and Hispanic children are anywhere from 9 to 10 months behind in math and 7 to 12 months behind in reading when they enter kindergarten. These achievement gaps are concerning:…

The State of Infant-Toddler Care and Education in New Jersey


December 1, 2013 AccessQuality and Curriculum
Judith M. Y. Alexandre, Natalie Makow, Kwanghee Jung, Steve Barnett

In this report to New Jersey Council for Young Children (NJCYC) Department of Education, researchers present the results of two studies of the quality of child care received by infants and toddlers in New Jersey which addressed the following questions: What is the quality of infant and toddler center-based care in New Jersey?  What is the quality of this infant/toddler care in each of the twenty one counties?  What are some common strengths and weaknesses of infant and toddler center-based care?

Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy


December 1, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

In 2013, preschool education received more attention in the media and public policy circles than it has for some time, in part because of a series of high-profile proposals to expand access to quality pre-K.  The scientific basis for these proposed expansions of quality pre-K is impressive.  This paper brings to bear the full weight…

Estimated Participation and Hours in Early Care and Education by Type of Arrangement and Income at Ages 2 to 4 in 2010


December 1, 2012 Access
W. Steven Barnett and Milagros Nores

This working paper by NIEER Director Steve Barnett and NIEER Associate Director of Research Milagros Nores estimates participation in early childhood education programs by child’s age, program setting, family income level, and child’s household language.

Determinants of Household Participation in Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program


December 1, 2011 AccessState & Local

This NIEER working paper looks at the determinants of household awareness of and participation in the Florida VPK program.

“Who’s in the Circle?” A Study of Family Participation in Georgia’s Pre-K Program


December 1, 2011 AccessState & Local

This NIEER working paper presents the results of a study that examines which household characteristics are related to the probability of participating in the voluntary pre-K program.

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.

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.

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.

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.