September 1, 2014 Assessment • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
The Kindergarten Early Learning Scale (KELS) was developed as a concise observational assessment for young children. It examines three domains including (1) Math/Science, (2) Social Emotional/Social Studies, and (3) Language and Literacy, with a total of 10 items across the domains. Scores reported for each of the 10 items are based upon observational evidence collected by the teacher over a period of roughly three months. This [report] outlines how decisions about the content of the instrument were made, based on several criteria, and the value of the instrument. The items assessed represent the development of kindergarten children, are measurable (observable), develop on a continuum (to see growth and development over time), and are critical to present and future learning.
November 1, 2013 Access • Outcomes
This policy reported, released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans (WHIEEAA), discusses the lack of access to high-quality early childhood education experiences for African-American children and offers recommendations to expand opportunities.
April 1, 2013 Access • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
This brief presents the multiple pathways through which early childhood education programs can contribute to better health, in both the short and long term.
February 1, 2013 Access • Economics and Finance • Outcomes • State & Local • State Pre-K Evaluations • Universal and Targeted
This policy report clears up some common misconceptions about preschool's effectiveness and benefits, particularly in regards to the Obama administration's recent fact sheet on investing in early education.
January 1, 2013 Access • English Language Learners • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
This brief addresses issues of preschool access and quality that are specific to Hispanic children but which can also apply to some other largely disadvantaged and immigrant groups.
The APPLES Blossom: Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES), Preliminary Results through 2nd Grade
July 1, 2009 Outcomes • State & Local • State Pre-K Evaluations
An ongoing study of New Jersey’s pre-K program finds that attending the program reduces grade retention and improves language, literacy and math skills.
March 1, 2009 Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
This policy brief reviews research addressing the development of mathematics and science knowledge in preschool children, identifies areas that require further study, and outlines recommendations for early education policy in these domains.
December 1, 2008 Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
This policy brief summarizes what is known about early brain development and corrects some of the common misunderstandings of the research.
September 1, 2008 Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
Amid debate over the benefit of preschool programs, this new brief examines what researchers currently know about the potential of those programs to bring about positive change.
December 1, 2007 Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
This policy brief from NIEER examines the role of preschool education in regard to problem behaviors in young children.