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2015 Preschool Yearbook: Still A Long Way To Go


May 17, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Aaron Loewenberg

Tday the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its  2015 State of Preschool yearbook . This annual report presents helpful data on the state of pre-K programs nationally as well as breakdowns of each state’s progress in providing high-quality pre-K services to three- and four-year-olds. The report details modest gains in pre-K access, quality, and funding across the…

What should quality child care look like?


May 16, 2016 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Shannon Nickinson

The man who is at the top of the state’s heap when it comes to early learning acknowledges the limitations when it comes to talking about what quality should look like. And how a parent can get guidance about how to make a good choice. “Quite candidly, it’s just as challenging as a state administrator,”…

Report: Wisconsin stands out for preschool access


May 16, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Kyla Calvert Mason

State's hands-off approach could mean uneven program quality

Alabama’s first class pre-K named nation’s best pre-K program for tenth year in a row


May 13, 2016 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Press Release

For the tenth year in a row, Alabama’s state-funded, high-quality and voluntary First Class Pre-K program was named the nation’s highest quality pre-kindergarten program. Today’s announcement was made by the National Institute for Early Childhood Education, which annually ranks state pre-k programs for quality based on ten measures. Alabama’s voluntary pre-k program is one of…

At this rate, it will be a very long time before every child gets access to preschool


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Rebecca Klein

We’re making progress, but we need to do better.

At this rate, it will take 150 years to enroll 75 percent of U.S. kids in quality preschool


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Valerie Strauss

Universal quality pre-kindergarten has been gaining support around the country for years now, with solid research showing that it has real and lasting benefits for children — despite what critics argue. But, according to a new report, there is a real problem  — while states are making real progress, others are moving at a snail’s…

Districts revamp pre-K in hopes of closing achievement gaps


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Melissa B. Taboada

After seeing minimal academic improvement among its youngest learners, the Manor school district is pumping an additional $1.2 million into its prekindergarten program. Beginning in August, the 4-year-olds enrolled in prekindergarten will get a full day of class, as the district does away with half-day pre-K programs and adds more one-on-one time, more science and…

Report: Nation’s preschools in dire need of funding


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Anne McNamara

A new national report says thousands of three- and four-year-olds are missing out on a valuable pre-K education. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University says the country’s preschools are in dire need of funding. But, at the Educare Denver School and Clayton Early Learning, students are bucking the trend. “You may…

We need a deeper dive into pre-K


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Sara Mead

An important report on state-funded pre-K nationally showcases the need for more data on locally driven pre-K programs.

Public Pre-K Enrollment, Spending Still Growing Very Slowly, Report Says


May 12, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted
Lillian Mongeau

Total spending on public preschool has surpassed pre-recession levels for the first time since the 2008 downturn, adjusting for inflation, according to the latest data release from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), a think tank in New Jersey focused on early education.  The 42 states with public preschool programs and the District…