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Developmentally appropriate public school preschool: A study of implementation of the High/Scope curriculum and its effects on disadvantaged children’s skills at first grade.


February 22, 2018 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Frede, E. & Barnett, W. S. (1992). Although preschool for disadvantaged children is strongly supported nationally as a beneficial endeavor, the research that underlies this support has mostly been limited to small-scale, high-quality programs. Some have questioned the ability of public schools to provide similar experiences and outcomes for young children. This study finds that…

Long-term effects of early childhood programs on cognitive and school outcomes


February 22, 2018 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. (1995) The extent to which early childhood programs produce long-term benefits in children’s cognitive development, socialization, and school success is a matter of some controversy. This article reviews 36 studies of both model demonstration projects and large-scale public programs to examine the long-term effects of these programs on children from low-income families….

A cost analysis of Part-C early intervention services in New Jersey. Journal of Early Intervention


February 22, 2018 Economics and FinanceQuality and Curriculum

By Tarr, J. & Barnett, W. S. (2001) This study estimates the cost of early intervention services in New Jersey and investigates sources of variations in cost. Data were obtained statewide from a cost survey and a daily activity log that service providers completed. Variables affecting cost were the types of staff providing services, time allocations…

Surprising agreement on Head Start: Compli/ementing Curry and Besharov.


December 15, 2017 Quality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Looking over the three perspectives on Head Start research, I feel a bit like Goldilocks. I find one too hard and one too soft, while the third is just right. I set out my reasoning below, but it barely rises above nitpicking. In truth, I am reasonably comfortable with each one….

Revving up Head Start: Lessons from recent research.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). For over 40 years, Head Start has been the nation’s largest comprehensive child development program for 3- and 4-year-old children in low-income families. Although it is frequently described as a compensatory education program, Head Start provides education, social, health, and nutritional services to children and their parents, in an attempt…

Preschool program improves cognitive control.


December 15, 2017 Quality and Curriculum

By Diamond, A., Barnett, W. S., Thomas, J., & Munro, S. (2007). Executive functions (EFs), also called cognitive control, are critical for success in school and life. Although EF skills are rarely taught, they can be. The Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum improves EFs in preschoolers in regular classrooms with regular teachers at minimal expense….

An effectiveness-based evaluation of five state pre-kindergarten programs.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Wong, V. C., Cook, T. D., Barnett, W. S., & Jung, K. (2008). Since 1980, the number of state pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs has more than doubled, with 38 states enrolling more than one million children in 2006 alone. This study evaluates how five state pre-K programs affected children’s receptive vocabulary, math, and print awareness skills….

Educational effects of the Tools of the Mind curriculum: A randomized trial.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S., Jung, K., Yarosz, D. J., Thomas, J., Hornbeck, A., Stechuk, R., & Burns, S. (2008). The effectiveness of the Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum in improving the education of 3- and 4-year-old children was evaluated by means of a randomized trial. The Tools curriculum, based on the work of Vygotsky, focuses…

The promise of preschool: Why we need early education for all.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S., & Frede, E. C. (2010). It’s fairly well known that high-quality preschool programs can have life-altering impacts on disadvantaged children, including reductions in school dropout and crime, and increased earnings. Not as well known is that terrific preschool programs have important academic and social benefits for middle-class children too. Decades of research…

Assessing QRIS as a change agent.


December 12, 2017 AssessmentQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. & Goffin, S.G. (2015). This opening commentary presents the catalyst for organizing a special theme issue on QRIS as a Change Agent and summarizes its 12 articles. A brief assessment of the “state of QRIS” is offered, followed by a suggestion of two additional policy approaches worthy of consideration by policymakers as…