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


October 1, 2010 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality 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.

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


May 1, 2010 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

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.

Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions Across the World: (Under) Investing in the Very Young


September 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This paper reviews the international evidence on the benefits of early childhood interventions.

Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11): Influences on Children’s Cognitive and Social Development in Year 6


March 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11): Influences on Children’s Cognitive and Social Development in Year 6 By Pam Sammons et al. (2008) This brief from the Effective Preschool and Primary Education (EPPE) project presents findings that show preschool quality and effectiveness remained statistically significant predictors of educational attainment and social/behavioral outcomes through…

NIEER Working Paper – Mathematics and Science in Preschool: Policy and Practice


March 1, 2009 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Kimberly Brenneman, Judi Stevenson-Boyd and Ellen C. Fre

Does a teacher's bachelor's degree have a positive impact on early childhood education outcomes? This meta-analysis was conducted to provide a quantitative synthesis of research findings on the relationship of teacher educational attainment and measures of classroom quality and child development.

Preschool Influences on Mathematics Achievement


August 1, 2008 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted

Findings from this study indicate that high-quality preschool may be a factor in improving children's mathematical skills.

Partnering for Preschool


April 1, 2008 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsWorkforce

In this study of the New Jersey Abbott preschool program, researchers identify ingredients of success others can use in developing programs with mixed delivery systems.

Preschool Program Improves Cognitive Control


November 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Findings from a study appearing in Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), show that the play-based Tools of the Mind curriculum can improve cognitive control (executive function) in preschool-age children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What Research Says About K-8 Science Learning and Teaching


November 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce

The way we teach science fails to recognize that "Children are capable of abstract reasoning and theory building from very early ages" writes Rutgers University science education professor Richard A. Duschl in a compelling article in the November/December 2007 issue of Principal, a magazine published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

The Impact of Teacher Education on Outcomes in Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs: A Meta-analysis


September 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Pamela Kelley and Gregory Camilli

Does a teacher's bachelor's degree have a positive impact on early childhood education outcomes? This meta-analysis was conducted to provide a quantitative synthesis of research findings on the relationship of teacher educational attainment and measures of classroom quality and child development.