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State Prekindergarten Effects on Early Learning at Kindergarten Entry: An Analysis of Eight State Programs

July 5, 2019 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

By W. Steven Barnett, Kwanghee Jung, Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ellen C. Frede, Milagros Nores, Jason T. Hustedt, Carollee Howes, Marijata Daniel-Echols State-funded prekindergarten (preK) programs are increasingly common across the country. This study estimated the effects of eight state-funded preK programs (Arkansas, California, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia) on children’s…

The economics of preschool special education under Public Law 99-457.

February 22, 2018 Special EducationState & Local

By Barnett, W. S. (1988). State policy makers face important choices in responding to P.L. 99–157 that will greatly affect the future course of preschool special education and have important educational and economic implications. This paper reviews the current situation in preschool special education: who is served, how they are served, and what it costs. It…

Early childhood programs in the public schools: Insights from a state survey

February 22, 2018 Special EducationState & Local

By Barnett, W. S. & Frede, E. C. (1993). Local education agencies (LEAs) have considerable discretion in the development and implementation of early childhood policy and programs. It is therefore useful to describe local implementation of early childhood policies, including those for young children with disabilities. A survey was conducted of early childhood programs administered by…

The State Education Standard

January 10, 2018 Economics and FinanceState & Local

January 2018 The impact of early childhood education is undeniable. Recent studies indicate that programs for children under five can significantly decrease special education placement and grade retention, close achievement gaps, and increase high school graduation rates. States see this value too: Forty-three states and the District of Columbia provide state-funded preschool, serving nearly 1.5…

The importance of demographic, social, and political context for estimating policy impacts: Comment on “Implementing New York’s Universal Prekindergarten Program.

December 15, 2017 OutcomesState & Local

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Morrissey, Leikes, and Cochran (2007) raise concerns about potential negative effects of state pre-kindergarten (pre-K) on the early care and education system. To put their study in context, I reviewed national demographic and enrollment trends. I found little evidence of negative effects from state pre-K policy. One reason may be…

Private providers in state pre-K: Vital partners.

December 15, 2017 State & Local

By Hustedt, J. T. & Barnett, W. S. (2011). State pre-K policies should equalize standards between pre-K programs in public and private settings, as differences in standards can undermine the success of state pre-K programs. […] state policy should equalize staff compensation between private and public providers; otherwise the best teachers will flow from private to…

Kindergarten readiness impacts of the Arkansas Better Chance State Prekindergarten Initiative.

December 12, 2017 Economics and FinanceState & Local

By Hustedt, J. T., Jung, K., Barnett W. S. & Williams, T. (2015). Enrollment in state-funded pre-K programs prior to kindergarten entry has become increasingly common. As each state develops its own model for pre-K, rigorous studies of the impacts of state-specific programs are needed. This study investigates impacts of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC)…

Private Providers in State Pre-K: Vital Partners

November 1, 2011 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

In this article from the National Association for Young Children's journal Young Children, 66(6), authors Jason T. Hustedt and W. Steven Barnett discuss how private preschool providers have played an important role in the expansion of state pre-K across the country and examine how these collaborations work.

Financing Early Childhood Education Programs: State, Federal, and Local Issues

January 1, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

Published in Educational Policy, this article from Jason T. Hustedt and W. Steven Barnett identifies and explains the various funding streams in the early childhood education field.

Universal and Targeted Approaches to Preschool Education in the United States

January 1, 2010 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

This article compares the current targeted approach to preschool education with a universal approach that would increase access and quality.