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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.

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


March 2006
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 2006

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 2006

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.