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State of the science on implementation research in early child development and future directions


May 24, 2018 AssessmentQuality and Curriculum

By Aboud, F.E., Yousafzai, A.K., & Nores, M. (2018) We summarize the state of the field of implementation research and practice for early child development and propose recommendations. First, conclusions are drawn regarding what is generally known about the implementation of early childhood development programs, based on papers and discussions leading to a published series…

State Prekindergarten Effects on Early Learning at Kindergarten Entry: An Analysis of Eight State Programs


March 27, 2018 AssessmentState Pre-K Evaluations
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

State-funded prekindergarten programs are increasingly common across the country. This study published online in AERA Open estimated the effects of eight state-funded pre-K programs in Arkansas, California, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia on children’s learning using a regression discontinuity design. These programs vary with respect in the population served, program design,…

Cost-effectiveness analysis for state and local decision making: An application to half-day and full-day preschool special education programs.


February 22, 2018 AssessmentSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S. (1987) The following article presents the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis in which half-day and full-day intervention programs for handicapped preschoolers were compared. The research sample consisted of 39 matched pairs of handicapped 4-year-olds in nine half- and nine full-day classrooms. Program effectiveness was evaluated using cognitive and expressive language scores from…

The economics of early intervention for handicapped children: What do we really know?


February 22, 2018 AssessmentSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S., & Escobar, C. M. (1988). From an economic perspective, early intervention is an investment that can be evaluated in terms of its costs and the benefits it yields through improvements in the quality of children’s lives and indirect returns to the community, such as reduced special education costs. In this article, the…

Early childhood program design and economic returns: Comparative benefit-cost analysis of the Abecedarian program and policy implications.


December 15, 2017 AssessmentEconomics and Finance

By Barnett, W. S. & Masse, L. N. (2007). Child care and education are to some extent joint products of preschool programs, but public policy and research frequently approach these two goals independently. We present a benefit–cost analysis of a preschool program that provided intensive education during full-day child care. Data were obtained from a randomized…

Assessing QRIS as a change agent.


December 12, 2017 AssessmentQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. & Goffin, S.G. (2015). This opening commentary presents the catalyst for organizing a special theme issue on QRIS as a Change Agent and summarizes its 12 articles. A brief assessment of the “state of QRIS” is offered, followed by a suggestion of two additional policy approaches worthy of consideration by policymakers as…

The Source of Child Care Center Preschool Learning and Program Standards: Implications for Potential Early Learning Challenge Fund Grantees


May 1, 2010 AssessmentWorkforce

This article shares the results of a statewide survey of 391 child care center directors focusing on their preschool program standards.