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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.

The Effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program on Young Children’s School Readiness


January 1, 2007 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

NIEER study of Arkansas' state-funded preschool education program shows significant improvement in the early language, literacy and mathematical development of 4-year-old children.

Does It Pay to Invest in Preschool for All? Analyzing Return-on-Investment in Three States


March 1, 2006 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Clive R. Belfield

This NIEER working paper summarizes three studies projecting the economic consequences of expanding preschool programs toward universal enrollment in three states - Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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.

The Macroeconomics of Pre-Schooling: Simulating the Effects of Universal Early Childhood Education on the U.S. Economy


March 1, 2006 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Clive R. Belfield and Andre Neveu

In this NIEER working paper, the authors use a general equilibrium macroeconomic model to estimate the economic consequences of a large-scale, publicly-funded preschool program.

How Much Does Quality Preschool Cost?


March 1, 2006 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

There is abundant evidence demonstrating that states should fund quality preschool programs. However, there is less research available to suggest how much funding is necessary for programs to achieve their desired effects. This NIEER report presents current state spending on preschool, identifies some aspects of programs that are clearly related to cost, and offers estimates of the state commitment necessary to achieve various levels of access and quality.

The Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth


January 1, 2006 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local

This paper develops a model that takes into account a wide range of assumptions for determining the long-term effects of early education on growth and the national economy.

Effects of Preschool on Educational Achievement


March 1, 2005 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Luis M. Laosa

Can current school reform policies like the No Child Left Behind Act close the achievement gap?