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

Quality and Curriculum

Policy Brief – Challenging Behaviors and the Role of Preschool Education


December 2007

This policy brief from NIEER examines the role of preschool education in regard to problem behaviors in young children.

Preschool Program Improves Cognitive Control


November 2007

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 2007

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 2007
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.

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


June 2007

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.

Policy Brief – Is Public Pre-K Preparing Hispanic Children to Succeed in School?


April 2007

Hispanic children who attend high-quality preschool programs have been found to benefit as much as children from other backgrounds, and sometimes more.

Policy Brief – Preschool Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider


March 2007

This report provides a framework for decision-makers to use in evaluating which curriculum might be most appropriate for their specific preschool education program.

Challenging Behaviors: Preschool as a Contributing or Ameliorating Factor?


March 2007
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.

Policy Report – Early Childhood Development and Social Mobility


October 2006

This policy report examines the effects of preschool education on social mobility in the United States.

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


May 2006
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.