Policy Brief – Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children
April 1, 2011 Workforce
This brief aims to broaden the discussion about what it takes to develop and maintain effective instructional practices for preschool teachers.
September 1, 2010 Assessment • Workforce
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.
March 1, 2009 Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
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.
March 1, 2007 Assessment • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
This report provides a framework for decision-makers to use in evaluating which curriculum might be most appropriate for their specific preschool education program.
April 1, 2006 Assessment • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
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.
March 1, 2005 Governance and Accountability • Outcomes • State & Local • Workforce
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 1, 2004 Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
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.
September 1, 2003 Economics and Finance • Governance and Accountability • State & Local • Workforce
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.
May 1, 2003 Quality and Curriculum • Workforce
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.
November 1, 2002 Governance and Accountability • Outcomes • Quality and Curriculum • State & Local • Workforce
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.