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Public Pre-K Financial Landscape


September 16, 2016 Economics and FinanceFederal
Richard Kasmin

The view of preschool as welfare influences the way preschool education is financed and helps explain why the US doesn’t offer every child a quality preschool education. Preschool funding is much more heavily dependent on a patchwork of federal programs — a tradition more reflective of social insurance programs than public education, which is primarily…

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…

Investing in Early Childhood Education: A Global Perspective


November 1, 2012 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
W. Steven Barnett and Milagros Nores

NIEER Director Steve Barnett presented the key note address at an international conference on “Early Childhood: Secure Childhood. Promising Future” at Princess Nora University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  His presentation and paper, jointly authored with NIEER Assistant Research Professor Milagros Nores, was titled Investing in Early Childhood Education: A Global Perspective.

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.

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


October 1, 2010 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

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 1, 2010 Economics and FinanceState & Local

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.

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.

Does It Pay to Invest in Preschool for All? Analyzing Return-on-Investment in Three States


March 1, 2006 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Clive R. Belfield

This NIEER working paper summarizes three studies projecting the economic consequences of expanding preschool programs toward universal enrollment in three states - Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Macroeconomics of Pre-Schooling: Simulating the Effects of Universal Early Childhood Education on the U.S. Economy


March 1, 2006 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Clive R. Belfield and Andre Neveu

In this NIEER working paper, the authors use a general equilibrium macroeconomic model to estimate the economic consequences of a large-scale, publicly-funded preschool program.

How Much Does Quality Preschool Cost?


March 1, 2006 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

There is abundant evidence demonstrating that states should fund quality preschool programs. However, there is less research available to suggest how much funding is necessary for programs to achieve their desired effects. This NIEER report presents current state spending on preschool, identifies some aspects of programs that are clearly related to cost, and offers estimates of the state commitment necessary to achieve various levels of access and quality.