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Information regarding preK teacher qualifications, compensation & professional development

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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.

Policy Brief – Better Teachers, Better Preschools: Student Achievement Linked to Teacher Qualifications


December 2004

High-quality preschool education depends on effective, high-quality teachers. This brief presents educational requirements for preschool teachers, reviews evidence on the importance of teacher qualifications, and offers policy recommendations.

Policy Brief – Investing in Head Start Teachers


September 2003

What will it cost to give Head Start the tools it needs to succeed? This brief includes information on the qualifications and compensation of Head Start teachers and discusses the issues surrounding the push towards raising both.

Policy Brief – Low Wages = Low Quality: Solving the Real Preschool Teacher Crisis


May 2003

This brief looks at salaries for preschool teachers and child care workers and provides evidence of the effects of poor pay and employee benefits on teacher morale, turnover rates, and ultimately on educational quality.

Policy Brief – High Quality Preschool: Why We Need It and What It Looks Like


November 2002

Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.