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Research on economic benefits and costs of quality preK programs and facilities

Economics and Finance

Policy Brief – Improving Public Financing For Early Learning Programs


April 2011

This brief reviews sources and models of public financing of early care and education and makes recommendations for improving upon what currently exists so as to remove barriers to increasing program access and quality.

Early Education Enrollment and Expenditure Patterns 1995-2005


December 2010

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.

Investing in Young Children: New Directions in Federal Preschool and Early Childhood Policy


October 2010

Ron Haskins and Steve Barnett focus on Early Head Start, Head Start, and home visiting programs in this collection of papers they edit. Promising recommendations include closing ineffective Head Start centers or giving other program operators the opportunity to compete for Head Start.

Funding cuts to state-funded prekindergarten programs in FY10 & 11


August 2010

National Institute for Early Education Research Co-Director Steve Barnett and Research Professor Dale Epstein estimate the cuts in state funding for prekindergarten across fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

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


March 2009

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 – Federal Early Childhood Policy Guide For The First 100 Days


January 2009

At the request of President-elect Obama’s transition team, this NIEER policy brief provides guidance on federal investments in preschool and child care for the sake of America’s children.

Partnering for Preschool


April 2008

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.

Policy Brief – Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does it Matter? (Updated)


November 2007

What are the factors that influence preschool enrollment? See who goes to preschool by age, ethnicity, income, maternal employment and education and region in this policy brief.

Policy Brief – Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality


April 2007

This brief explores common facility issues and outlines strategies for policymakers to address early care and education facility needs.

Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality


April 2007

This report explores common facility issues and outlines strategies for policymakers to address early care and education facility needs.