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2015 Preschool Yearbook: Still A Long Way To Go

May 17, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Aaron Loewenberg

Tday the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its  2015 State of Preschool yearbook . This annual report presents helpful data on the state of pre-K programs nationally as well as breakdowns of each state’s progress in providing high-quality pre-K services to three- and four-year-olds. The report details modest gains in pre-K access, quality, and funding across the…

Study gives New Mexico high marks for pre-kindergarten push

May 12, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Robert Nott and Cynthia Miller

A new report on early childhood education lauds New Mexico, a state that regularly ranks at the bottom of national surveys on child well-being, for increasing its investments in pre-kindergarten programs and increasing its pre-K enrollment. The state moved up 10 spots in the 2015 State Preschool Yearbook, a report by the National Institute of…

Public Pre-K Enrollment, Spending Still Growing Very Slowly, Report Says

May 12, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted
Lillian Mongeau

Total spending on public preschool has surpassed pre-recession levels for the first time since the 2008 downturn, adjusting for inflation, according to the latest data release from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), a think tank in New Jersey focused on early education.  The 42 states with public preschool programs and the District…

Starting Young: Helping Latinos Succeed in School

May 4, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Mayra Aguirre

After supporting Latino youth through college scholarships for more than 33 years, it is clear to us that to have a deep, lasting impact in the Latino community, we need to focus more of our resources on early childhood education. Because, to be frank, it’s difficult to reach college, let alone succeed there, if you…

Baby TALK Early Head Start receives award of excellence

April 26, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Anthony Wilder

Baby TALK has been recognized by ExceleRate as a top early learning and development provider. Baby TALK Early Head Start received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that allows early childhood programs to apply to be recognized for the services that they offer to their families. Gold…

Early-education survey highlights public-private differences

April 26, 2016 AssessmentEconomics and FinanceWorkforce
Tiffany Danitz Pache

In Vermont, teachers who work in early learning tend to have satisfaction with their jobs. What they don’t have is good pay unless they work in the public schools, according to a report from the Department for Children and Families. The report is based on three surveys of those who work with children in day…

Age of Learning Offers Comprehensive Kindergarten Readiness Resources to Families and Educators

April 21, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
PR Newswire

Recognized as the No. 1 digital learning resource for young children, the award-winning Early Learning Academy has become a trusted curriculum for millions of parents and more than 65,000 teachers across the United States. To further support families and early childhood educators in preparing children for kindergarten, Age of Learning, Inc., the creator of…

The Wonderful Reputation of Educational Research

April 21, 2016 Assessment
Robert E. Slavin

In a recent article for the Brookings Institution, Ruth Curran Neild, acting director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), argued that educational research is on the right track. The one thing it lacks, she says, is adequate funding. I totally agree. Of course there are improvements that could be made to education policies and…

Does Pre-Kindergarten Education Work – or Not?

April 19, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Isabel Sawhill

In this tumultuous election year one wonders whether reasoned debate about education or other policies is still possible. That said, research has a role to play in helping policymakers make good decisions – if not before than after they are in office. So what do we know about the ability of early education to change…

Editorial: State’s VPK fail leaves parents with less of a choice

April 18, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

Florida education officials want to take a “pause” this fall in providing ratings for the state’s free Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program. They’d like to skip out on this responsibility next year, as well. Good. Let them. They tried replacing a so-so ratings system with a more expansive, computer-based one in 2014, and the technology blew…