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Research on elements of quality of preK, links between quality and outcomes, and inclusion

Quality and Curriculum

Trends in State Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012


June 2013
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. and Megan E. Carolan, MPP

This policy report, co-released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), discusses trends in enrollment, funding, and quality standards, as well as English Language Learner and Special Education students, in state-funded pre-K between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012.

The Essex Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP)


June 2013
Judith Marie Yves Alexandre, Natalie Makow, Kwanghee Jung, W. Steven Barnett

A survey of the quality of infant and toddler child care in Essex County (including Newark, Orange, Irvington and East Orange) finds that high quality care is scarce, especially for infants.  Poor quality care is far too common. Recommendations for improvement are offered based on a study of the determinants of care quality in Essex County.

Early Childhood Education: Pathways to Better Health


April 2013

This brief presents the multiple pathways through which early childhood education programs can contribute to better health, in both the short and long term.

Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President’s Pre-K Proposal


February 2013
W. Steven Barnett

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.

Policy Brief – Preparing Young Hispanic Dual Language Learners for a Knowledge Economy


January 2013

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.

Preschool Education as an Educational Reform: Issues of Effectiveness and Access


September 2011
W. Steven Barnett

In this paper for the National Research Council and U.S. Equity and Excellence Commission, NIEER Director Steve Barnett looks at studies that provide rigorous estimates of the effects of some large scale, state-funded pre-K programs – both targeted and universal.  Using available data on preschool access in the United States, Dr. Barnett also provides estimates on pre-K enrollment by family income and the costs of providing educationally effective pre-K programs to all children.

Policy Brief – Perspectives on the Impact of Pre-K Expansion: Factors to Consider and Lessons from New York and Ohio


February 2011

The impact of state-funded pre-K expansion on the quality and supply of child care in New York and Ohio are assessed in this policy brief.

Improving Early Education Programs through Data-based Decision Making


February 2011

This NIEER working paper presents five options for studying the effectiveness of state-funded preschool education programs.

Investing in Young Children: New Directions in Federal Preschool and Early Childhood Policy


October 2010

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.

Do Effects of Early Child Care Extend to Age 15 Years? Results From the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development


May 2010

The latest report from the NICHD child care study that has tracked more than 1,000 kids from birth to age 15 finds benefits of high-quality child care last into the teenage years.