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Neighborhood economic disadvantage and Head Start children’s academic, socioemotional, and behavioral functioning: Exploring quality as a mediating mechanism.


December 11, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

By McCoy, D. C., Connors, M. C., Morris, P., Yoshikawa, H., & Friedman-Krauss, A. (2015) Past research has shown robust relationships between neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage and children’s school achievement and social-emotional outcomes, yet the mechanisms for explaining these relationships are poorly understood. The present study uses data from 1904 Head Start participants enrolled in the Head…

Does school mobility predict at-risk elementary school children’s math achievement? The mediating role of self-regulation


December 8, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

By Friedman-Krauss, A.H., & Raver, C. C. (2015) Children growing up in poverty have a higher likelihood of exposure to multiple forms of adversity that jeopardize their chances of academic success. The current paper identifies school mobility, or changing schools, as 1 such poverty-related risk. Using a sample of low-income, predominantly ethnic-minority children (n = 381)…

Unpacking the treatment contrast in the Head Start Impact Study: To what extent does assignment to treatment affect quality of care?


December 8, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

By Friedman-Krauss, A.H., Connors, M. C., & Morris, P. A. (2016) Attending high-quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) is associated with higher cognitive and social-emotional skills, especially for children growing up in poverty, but access to high-quality ECCE is limited. This study capitalizes on the random assignment design of the Head Start Impact Study to…

Lifetime effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study through age 40


December 8, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

By Schweinhart, L. J., Montie, J., Xiang, Z., Barnett, W. S., Belfield, C. R., & Nores, M. (2005) This study — perhaps the most well-known of all HighScope research efforts — examines the lives of 123 children born in poverty and at high risk of failing in school. From 1962–1967, at ages 3 and 4, the…

Updating the Economic Impacts of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program


December 8, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

By Nores, M., Belfield, C.R., Barnett, W.S. & L.J. Schweinhart (2005) This article derives an updated cost-benefit ratio for the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program, an intensive preschool intervention delivered during the 1960s to at-risk children in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Because children were randomly assigned to the program or a control group, differences in outcomes are probably attributable…

The High/Scope Perry Preschool Program: Cost-Benefit Analysis Using Data from the Age-40 Follow-Up


December 8, 2017 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

By Belfield, C.R., Nores, M., Barnett, W.S. & L.J. Schweinhart (2006) This paper presents an updated cost-benefit analysis of the High/Scope Perry preschool Program, using data on individuals aged 40. Children were randomly assigned to a treatment or control group. Program costs are compared against treatment impacts on educational resources, earnings, criminal activity, and welfare receipt….

Financing Early Childhood Education Programs: State, Federal, and Local Issues


January 1, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

Published in Educational Policy, this article from Jason T. Hustedt and W. Steven Barnett identifies and explains the various funding streams in the early childhood education field.

Stimulus Should Leave No Preschoolers Behind


February 1, 2009 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

Statement of NIEER Director Steve Barnett on the economic stimulus package.

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them–Economic Recovery in 3 Easy Steps


January 1, 2009 Economics and Finance
William S. Barnett

In this article, NIEER Co-Director W. Steven Barnett provides a vision to economic recovery in three simple steps.

Why Governments Should Invest in Early Education


July 1, 2008 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

This article makes an economic case for investing in the education of young children.