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Research Reports

An Effectiveness-based Evaluation of Five State Pre-Kindergarten Programs using Regression-Discontinuity


June 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

An evaluation of the effects of prekindergarten programs in five states (Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia) on children’s receptive vocabulary, math, and print awareness skills. Authors Vivian Wong, Thomas Cook, Steve Barnett, and Kwanghee Jung used a rigorous research design to estimate effects.

Challenging Behaviors: Preschool as a Contributing or Ameliorating Factor?


March 1, 2007 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Lisa A. McCabe and Ellen Frede

Highly publicized research on preschooler's challenging behaviors in early care and education settings is examined in this NIEER working paper.

Is More Better? The Effects of Full-Day vs Half-Day Preschool on Early School Achievement


May 1, 2006 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Kenneth B. Robin, Ellen C. Frede, & W. Steven Barnett

This NIEER working paper presents the findings of a randomized trial comparing the effects of extended-day, extended-year public preschool to half-day public preschool on children’s literacy and mathematics learning.

Estimated Impacts of Number of Years of Preschool Attendance on Vocabulary, Literacy and Math Skills at Kindergarten Entry


March 1, 2006 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

This study estimates the effects of attending preschool for one or two years on measures of early vocabulary development, literacy and math skills shortly after children entered kindergarten.

Increasing the Effectiveness of Preschool Programs


March 1, 2006 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Debra J. Ackerman and W. Steven Barnett

This report reviews research on the inputs contributing to quality, features of programs that impact children’s learning and development, and current state policies related to these characteristics.

What Impacts Does Preschool Education Have on Personal Responsibility and Related Social Behavior?


March 1, 2006 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Karen L. Schulman and W. Steven Barnett

Several studies show that high-quality preschool education programs influence attitudes and behaviors with respect to school, family, work, and community not just during the early years of life, but into adulthood. While summarizing key discoveries regarding the benefits of preschool participation, the authors of this NIEER report recommend further research to clarify the how preschool programs can produce the greatest long-term benefits for children’s social and emotional development and life choices.