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Information regarding preK teacher qualifications, compensation & professional development

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Policy Brief – Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children


April 2011

This brief aims to broaden the discussion about what it takes to develop and maintain effective instructional practices for preschool teachers.

Early Learning Scale: Technical Report


September 2010

This technical report from NIEER researchers on the Early Learning Scale offers information on the use and reliability of the instrument and on the validity of the data.

NIEER Working Paper – Mathematics and Science in Preschool: Policy and Practice


March 2009
Kimberly Brenneman, Judi Stevenson-Boyd and Ellen C. Fre

Does a teacher's bachelor's degree have a positive impact on early childhood education outcomes? This meta-analysis was conducted to provide a quantitative synthesis of research findings on the relationship of teacher educational attainment and measures of classroom quality and child development.

Policy Brief – Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice


March 2009

This policy brief reviews research addressing the development of mathematics and science knowledge in preschool children, identifies areas that require further study, and outlines recommendations for early education policy in these domains.

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.

What Research Says About K-8 Science Learning and Teaching


November 2007

The way we teach science fails to recognize that "Children are capable of abstract reasoning and theory building from very early ages" writes Rutgers University science education professor Richard A. Duschl in a compelling article in the November/December 2007 issue of Principal, a magazine published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

The Impact of Teacher Education on Outcomes in Center-Based Early Childhood Education Programs: A Meta-analysis


September 2007
Pamela Kelley and Gregory Camilli

Does a teacher's bachelor's degree have a positive impact on early childhood education outcomes? This meta-analysis was conducted to provide a quantitative synthesis of research findings on the relationship of teacher educational attainment and measures of classroom quality and child development.

Policy Brief – Preschool Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider


March 2007

This report provides a framework for decision-makers to use in evaluating which curriculum might be most appropriate for their specific preschool education program.

Policy Brief – Early Literacy: Policy and Practice in the Preschool Years


April 2006

Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life. This policy brief synthesizes the body of professional knowledge about early literacy and offers research-based recommendations.

Policy Report – Making the Most of Kindergarten


March 2005

This policy report examines academic and social outcomes of half-day versus full-day kindergarten and trends in provision of full-day programs. Recommendations include balancing anticipated gains from expanding kindergarten schedules against cost considerations and developing classroom and teacher support strategies when moving to full-day.