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State of the science on implementation research in early child development and future directions


May 24, 2018 AssessmentQuality and Curriculum

By Aboud, F.E., Yousafzai, A.K., & Nores, M. (2018) We summarize the state of the field of implementation research and practice for early child development and propose recommendations. First, conclusions are drawn regarding what is generally known about the implementation of early childhood development programs, based on papers and discussions leading to a published series…

Implementing aeioTU: quality improvement alongside an efficacy study—learning while growing


May 24, 2018 InternationalQuality and Curriculum

By Nores, M., Figueras-Daniel, A., Lopez, M.A. & Bernal, R. (2018) Effectiveness trials of increasing childhood development interventions across low‐ and middle‐income countries have shown significant variability. The strength and consistency of benefits for children are dependent on program quality, and this requires paying attention to program implementation. In this paper, we summarize findings on…

State Prekindergarten Effects on Early Learning at Kindergarten Entry: An Analysis of Eight State Programs


March 27, 2018 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState Pre-K Evaluations
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

State-funded prekindergarten programs are increasingly common across the country. This study published online in AERA Open estimated the effects of eight state-funded pre-K programs in Arkansas, California, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia on children’s learning using a regression discontinuity design. These programs vary with respect in the population served, program design,…

Parent and clinic early intervention for children with language handicaps: A cost-effectiveness analysis.


February 22, 2018 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S., Escobar, C. M., & Ravsten, M. T. (1988). This study investigated the economic efficiency of alternative types of intervention with language-impaired preschool children. Forty children were randomly assigned to one of four groups: (a) home-based (parent-delivered) intervention, (b) center-based intervention, (c) both center- and home-based intervention, and (d) no treatment. The home…

Developmentally appropriate public school preschool: A study of implementation of the High/Scope curriculum and its effects on disadvantaged children’s skills at first grade.


February 22, 2018 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Frede, E. & Barnett, W. S. (1992). Although preschool for disadvantaged children is strongly supported nationally as a beneficial endeavor, the research that underlies this support has mostly been limited to small-scale, high-quality programs. Some have questioned the ability of public schools to provide similar experiences and outcomes for young children. This study finds that…

Long-term effects of early childhood programs on cognitive and school outcomes


February 22, 2018 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. (1995) The extent to which early childhood programs produce long-term benefits in children’s cognitive development, socialization, and school success is a matter of some controversy. This article reviews 36 studies of both model demonstration projects and large-scale public programs to examine the long-term effects of these programs on children from low-income families….

A cost analysis of Part-C early intervention services in New Jersey. Journal of Early Intervention


February 22, 2018 Economics and FinanceQuality and Curriculum

By Tarr, J. & Barnett, W. S. (2001) This study estimates the cost of early intervention services in New Jersey and investigates sources of variations in cost. Data were obtained statewide from a cost survey and a daily activity log that service providers completed. Variables affecting cost were the types of staff providing services, time allocations…

Surprising agreement on Head Start: Compli/ementing Curry and Besharov.


December 15, 2017 Quality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Looking over the three perspectives on Head Start research, I feel a bit like Goldilocks. I find one too hard and one too soft, while the third is just right. I set out my reasoning below, but it barely rises above nitpicking. In truth, I am reasonably comfortable with each one….

Revving up Head Start: Lessons from recent research.


December 15, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). For over 40 years, Head Start has been the nation’s largest comprehensive child development program for 3- and 4-year-old children in low-income families. Although it is frequently described as a compensatory education program, Head Start provides education, social, health, and nutritional services to children and their parents, in an attempt…

Preschool program improves cognitive control.


December 15, 2017 Quality and Curriculum

By Diamond, A., Barnett, W. S., Thomas, J., & Munro, S. (2007). Executive functions (EFs), also called cognitive control, are critical for success in school and life. Although EF skills are rarely taught, they can be. The Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum improves EFs in preschoolers in regular classrooms with regular teachers at minimal expense….