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City plans to spend $2M to study pre-K program

September 3, 2014 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Eliza Shapiro

The de Blasio administration is in the process of hiring an independent research firm at a cost of about $2 million to conduct two studies on the implementation and results of its signature pre-kindergarten plan, Capital has learned. The study looking at the programs’ implementation will use a random sample of 200 pre-K sites around the…

The State of Preschool 2013

May 13, 2014 AccessState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
News Release

The 2013 State Preschool Yearbook is the newest edition of our annual report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. This latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year as well as documenting a decade of progress since the first Yearbook collected data on the 2001-2002 school year. Tracking trends long term is key to understanding…

Opinion: N.J. could offer a model for Conn. preschools

January 10, 2014 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Wendy Lecker

While Connecticut’s leaders have paid lip service to the value of high-quality preschool, they have not made a serious effort to address the inequity of preschool access in our state…..The truth is, Connecticut would not have had to look very far to find a successful model of high-quality preschool serving high-needs children. New Jersey’s Abbott preschool program has been…

Opinion: Oklahoma is schooling the nation on early education

November 19, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Katrina vanden Heuvel

Studies demonstrate that kids who attend high-quality preschool achieve higher test scores, are less likely to go to jail and are more likely to secure good jobs with higher wages. Low-income kids of color, who are the least likely to have access to great preschools, benefit the most.

Commentary: Lack of pre-K hurts too many kids

September 12, 2013 AccessState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Bobby cagle

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K Program recently ranked by the National Institute for Early Education Research as one of the top state programs in the nation, based on quality standards, teacher qualifications and enrollment….While Georgia’s Pre-K Program is extremely important to the child and valuable for the state, we are currently…

States’ methods for rating preschool quality fail to predict children’s readiness for kindergarten

August 23, 2013 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Audrey Breen

This study suggests that states ought to make changes in the ways they rate the quality of pre-K programs. Rating systems should focus on rating the quality of teacher-child interaction.

Report: Preschool gains are gone by grade 3

June 19, 2013 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Mary Stegmeir

The study was prepared for Iowa’s Department of Education by the American Institutes for Research, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.  It compared the academic performance of students who attended the state’s preschool program to those who had not. The report focused on a single class of students — those children enrolled in 2007-08,…

SC review finds ‘questionable’ states, other ills in S.C. First Steps

June 18, 2013 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Jamie Self

S.C. First Steps uses “questionable statistics” to show it helps children succeed in school, over- and underfunded various county partnerships and has poor participation by its governing board, according to a state audit released Tuesday.

Opinion: All children need quality preschools

June 17, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Cecilia Zalkind

Each year, New Jersey spends billions of dollars on public education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. New Jersey has long recognized that quality preschool leverages that substantial investment, especially for low-income families.

Editorial: Fair start

May 1, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
The Blade, Toledo, OH

States are spending less on prekindergarten programs that prepare children for school and learning. This trend must be reversed, or the nation will continue to see dramatic and growing gaps in the achievement scores of affluent, middle-class, and poor students.