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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.

Impacts of New Mexico PreK on Children’s School Readiness at Kindergarten Entry


June 2008

This is the second report from an ongoing NIEER study of New Mexico PreK.

Longitudinal Effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program: Findings from Kindergarten and First Grade


May 2008

This study estimates the effects of state-funded pre-K in Arkansas on children's language, mathematics, and literacy skills through first grade.

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.

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.

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.