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Information regarding preK teacher qualifications, compensation & professional development

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In Pursuit of Pre-K Parity


April 2017
Marcy Whitbook, Ph.D. and Caitlin McLean, Ph.D.

A Proposed Framework for Understanding and Advancing Policy and Perspective  More than half of all state-funded pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs now require lead teachers to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher, as do many city-funded pre-K programs, yet salaries and benefits for pre-K teachers are consistently lower than the average salary for public school elementary school…

Teacher Compensation Parity Policies and State-Funded Pre-K Programs


April 2017
W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. and Richard Kasmin

Although the phrase compensation parity policy for preschool teachers may seem clear at first, the term is used in a variety of ways and refers to a range of different policies. All of these policies seek to improve the financial rewards for teaching preschool relative to teaching older children, but they differ in how far…

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.

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.

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.

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.