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State & Local

Partnering for Preschool


April 2008

In this study of the New Jersey Abbott preschool program, researchers identify ingredients of success others can use in developing programs with mixed delivery systems.

Policy Brief – Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does it Matter? (Updated)


November 2007

What are the factors that influence preschool enrollment? See who goes to preschool by age, ethnicity, income, maternal employment and education and region in this policy brief.

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.

The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES)


June 2007

This report presents the results of a longitudinal study of New Jersey's public preschool program, which found that children attending the program improve in language, literacy and math skills through the end of their kindergarten year.

Policy Brief – Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality


April 2007

This brief explores common facility issues and outlines strategies for policymakers to address early care and education facility needs.

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.

Building Early Childhood Facilities: What States Can Do to Create Supply and Promote Quality


April 2007

This report explores common facility issues and outlines strategies for policymakers to address early care and education facility needs.

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


January 2007

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 2006
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 2006
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.