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State & Local

Funding cuts to state-funded prekindergarten programs in FY10 & 11

August 2010

National Institute for Early Education Research Co-Director Steve Barnett and Research Professor Dale Epstein estimate the cuts in state funding for prekindergarten across fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

New Jersey Preschool Expansion Assessment Research Study (PEARS)

December 2009

The capacity and quality of non-Abbott child care centers, Head Start programs, and school district preschool programs across New Jersey are assessed in this study by NIEER.

Education Reform Starts Early: Lessons from New Jersey’s PreK-3rd Reform Efforts

December 2009

This report describes how New Jersey became a national leader in early education with the state's reforms from preschool to third grade.

The New Mexico PreK Evaluation: Results from the Initial Four Years of a New State Preschool Initiative

November 2009

This summary report on the initial phase of NIEER?s New Mexico PreKstudy finds significantly improved language, literacy, and math for the children who attended over children who did not and an estimated rate of return is $5 for every $1 invested.

Continued Impacts of New Mexico PreK on Children’s Readiness for Kindergarten: Results from the Third Year of Implementation

September 2009

NIEER's multi-year study shows that children who attended New Mexico PreK scored higher in early math, language, and literacy than children who did not attend the program.

The APPLES Blossom: Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES), Preliminary Results through 2nd Grade

July 2009

An ongoing study of New Jersey’s pre-K program finds that attending the program reduces grade retention and improves language, literacy and math skills.

Policy Brief – Does Preschool Education Policy Impact Infant/Toddler Care?

March 2009

Public support for the education and care of 3- and 4-year-olds has increased, but has this helped or hurt the provision of care for infants (children up to 12 months old) and toddlers (1- and 2-year-olds)? This policy brief examines trends in supply and demand in the infant/toddler care market, reviews state and federal policies for infant/toddler care, and recommends policy changes that could ensure new preschool policies benefit infant/toddler care and avoid unintended negative consequences.

Policy Brief: Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys

March 2009

This policy brief examines the efforts of six states in pursuit of preschool for all.

Policy Brief – Federal Early Childhood Policy Guide For The First 100 Days

January 2009

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.

Preschool Programs Can Boost School Readiness

June 2008

Georgetown study finds Oklahoma's state-funded preschool for all program boosts children's skills dramatically.