Menu Close

Resources related to cognitive, behavioral and social-emotional outcomes

Outcomes

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


July 2004

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 2004

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 2004

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 2002

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.