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

Quality and Curriculum

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.

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.

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


September 2009

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

Policy Brief – Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice


March 2009

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.

Policy Brief: Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys


March 2009

This policy brief examines the efforts of six states in pursuit of preschool for all.

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


March 2009

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 2009
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.

Policy Brief – Federal Early Childhood Policy Guide For The First 100 Days


January 2009

At the request of President-elect Obama’s transition team, this NIEER policy brief provides guidance on federal investments in preschool and child care for the sake of America’s children.

Policy Brief – Connecting Neurons, Concepts, and People: Brain Development and its Implications


December 2008

This policy brief summarizes what is known about early brain development and corrects some of the common misunderstandings of the research.