April 11, 2016 Access • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
Many children of color and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without the academic skills they need to succeed. Compared to their white peers, African American and Hispanic children are anywhere from 9 to 10 months behind in math and 7 to 12 months behind in reading when they enter kindergarten. These achievement gaps are concerning:…
December 1, 2013 Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • State & Local • State Pre-K Evaluations
Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, the seventh year of implementation of the high-quality pre-K program in New Jersey's Abbott districts, NIEER began a longitudinal study to measure learning gains from participating in Abbott pre-K. At the time the study began, quality had risen but not yet to its current level, and 40,500 3- and 4-year-old children were served. This fact sheet presents key takeaways from NIEER's longitudinal study of the program quality and child outcomes.
December 1, 2013 Access • Economics and Finance • Outcomes • State & Local • Universal 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…
June 1, 2013 Assessment • Outcomes
This report presents the results from the second year of NIEER’s evaluation of Acelero students’ learning in language and general conceptual knowledge and early math skills.
Longitudinal Effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program: Findings from First Grade through Fourth Grade
May 1, 2013 Assessment • Outcomes • State & Local • State Pre-K Evaluations
Arkansas’ state-funded preschool program has been found to have positive effects on children’s receptive vocabulary, math, and literacy.
March 1, 2013 Outcomes • State & Local • State Pre-K Evaluations
The multi-year study of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program shows that children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities who participate in the pre-K program make significant gains in literacy, language, math and science through 4th and 5th grade.
November 1, 2012 Economics and Finance • Outcomes
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.
December 1, 2011 Outcomes
This NIEER working paper examines school readiness from the parental perspective, examining their efforts and expectations for kindergarten in conjunction with their child’s development.
The New Mexico PreK Evaluation: Impacts From the Fourth Year (2008-2009) of New Mexico’s State-Funded PreK Program
November 1, 2010 Outcomes • State & Local • State Pre-K Evaluations
New Mexico’s children who attend the state-funded Pre-K program have been found to have achieved significant positive effects in vocabulary, math, and literacy skills at the beginning of kindergarten, according to the fourth in a series of annual reports by NIEER.
October 1, 2010 Economics and Finance • Outcomes • Quality 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.