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Policy Briefs

Policy Report – Promoting Children’s Social and Emotional Development Through Preschool Education


March 1, 2005 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial Education

This policy report describes the importance of social and emotional development of children, reviews the evidence that high-quality preschool can promote social and emotional development, and describes characteristics of programs most likely to benefit children.

Policy Report – The Benefits of Prekindergarten for Middle Income Children


March 1, 2005 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local

This policy report analyzes what the research says about access to and gains made in high-quality preschool programs by children from middle-income families. Recommendations include expanding publicly funded preschool programs to include middle-income children and strengthening standards for child care and early education programs.

Policy Brief – Better Teachers, Better Preschools: Student Achievement Linked to Teacher Qualifications


December 1, 2004 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

High-quality preschool education depends on effective, high-quality teachers. This brief presents educational requirements for preschool teachers, reviews evidence on the importance of teacher qualifications, and offers policy recommendations.

Policy Brief – Class Size: What’s the Best Fit?


December 1, 2004 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

This policy brief examines how class size and staff-child ratios affect quality, educational effectiveness, and cost of preschool programs.

Policy Brief – Low Wages = Low Quality: Solving the Real Preschool Teacher Crisis


May 1, 2003 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce

This brief looks at salaries for preschool teachers and child care workers and provides evidence of the effects of poor pay and employee benefits on teacher morale, turnover rates, and ultimately on educational quality.

Policy Brief – High Quality Preschool: Why We Need It and What It Looks Like


November 1, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce

Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.