July 1, 2016 Access • Assessment • Economics and Finance • Federal • Governance and Accountability • Quality and Curriculum • State & Local
In this report we explore the extent to which 41 states, the District of Columbia, and three large cities support high-quality state-funded preschool education. The framework for our assessment of state capacity is provided by “15 essential elements” of high-quality pre-K. These can be categorized into three clusters: enabling environment, rigorous policies, and strong practices….
April 1, 2015 Quality and Curriculum
A collection of blog posts from early childhood education experts, on concerns about Common Core State Standards in early childhood education, including selected resources for parents and educators. You can link to the first post in the series here: http://preschoolmatters.org/2015/03/26/top-concerns-about-common-core-st… and click on the sidebar there for March and April to find other posts.
September 1, 2014 Assessment • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
The Kindergarten Early Learning Scale (KELS) was developed as a concise observational assessment for young children. It examines three domains including (1) Math/Science, (2) Social Emotional/Social Studies, and (3) Language and Literacy, with a total of 10 items across the domains. Scores reported for each of the 10 items are based upon observational evidence collected by the teacher over a period of roughly three months. This [report] outlines how decisions about the content of the instrument were made, based on several criteria, and the value of the instrument. The items assessed represent the development of kindergarten children, are measurable (observable), develop on a continuum (to see growth and development over time), and are critical to present and future learning.
June 1, 2013 Access • English Language Learners • Quality and Curriculum • Special Education • State & Local
This policy report, co-released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), discusses trends in enrollment, funding, and quality standards, as well as English Language Learner and Special Education students, in state-funded pre-K between 2001-2002 and 2011-2012.
April 1, 2013 Access • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
This brief presents the multiple pathways through which early childhood education programs can contribute to better health, in both the short and long term.
January 1, 2013 Access • English Language Learners • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum
This brief addresses issues of preschool access and quality that are specific to Hispanic children but which can also apply to some other largely disadvantaged and immigrant groups.
Policy Brief – Perspectives on the Impact of Pre-K Expansion: Factors to Consider and Lessons from New York and Ohio
February 1, 2011 Access • Quality and Curriculum • State & Local
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.
March 1, 2009 Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
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.
March 1, 2009 Access • Governance and Accountability • Quality and Curriculum • State & Local • Universal and Targeted
This policy brief examines the efforts of six states in pursuit of preschool for all.
January 1, 2009 Economics and Finance • Governance and Accountability • Quality and Curriculum • State & Local
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.