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Policy Report – Promoting Children’s Social and Emotional Development Through Preschool Education


March 1, 2005 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial Education

This policy report describes the importance of social and emotional development of children, reviews the evidence that high-quality preschool can promote social and emotional development, and describes characteristics of programs most likely to benefit children.

Policy Report – The Benefits of Prekindergarten for Middle Income Children


March 1, 2005 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local

This policy report analyzes what the research says about access to and gains made in high-quality preschool programs by children from middle-income families. Recommendations include expanding publicly funded preschool programs to include middle-income children and strengthening standards for child care and early education programs.

Policy Report – Making the Most of Kindergarten


March 1, 2005 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce

This policy report examines academic and social outcomes of half-day versus full-day kindergarten and trends in provision of full-day programs. Recommendations include balancing anticipated gains from expanding kindergarten schedules against cost considerations and developing classroom and teacher support strategies when moving to full-day.

Policy Brief – Preschool Assessment: A Guide to Developing a Balanced Approach


July 1, 2004 AssessmentOutcomes

This policy brief examines assessment of learning among preschoolers and the trend toward increased standardized testing of young children. The brief offers definitions and applications of assessment concepts and policy recommendations essential to a balanced approach.

Policy Brief – The Universal vs. Targeted Debate: Should the United States Have Preschool for All?


April 1, 2004 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

The debate over universal vs. targeted preschool programs is explored in this policy brief. Policy recommendations include a gradual move toward voluntary universal preschool programs with federal matching funds used to encourage states to fund high-quality preschool for all.

Policy Brief – Child Outcome Standards in Pre-K Programs


March 1, 2004 AssessmentOutcomes

This policy brief provides an overview of the extension of the standards movement to preschool programs. It presents the conditions and special considerations necessary for standards to have a positive impact on preschool children and strengthen accountability.

Policy Brief – High Quality Preschool: Why We Need It and What It Looks Like


November 1, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce

Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.