Publications and Research
In 2013, preschool education received more attention in the media and public policy circles than it has for some time, in part because of a series of high-profile proposals to expand access to quality pre-K. The scientific basis for these proposed expansions of quality pre-K is impressive. This paper brings to bear the full weight of the evidence to address the following questions:
- What does all the evidence say about effective preschool education and long-term cognitive benefits?
- What are the estimated effects of state and local pre-K programs in more recent years?
- Is Head Start ineffective?
- Can government improve the quality of public preschool education?
- If states expand pre-K with temporary federal matching funds, what happens to state education budgets when that federal money is not available?
NIEER projects that in 2030 all but 1 state would spend less on education from pre-K through grade 12 under federal proposals that incentivize states to raise pre-K quality standards, offer a full school day, and serve all children under 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
At the recent STEM Smart Conference, NIEER Assistant Research Professor Kimberly Brenneman presented on the SciMath-DLL project, involves the design, development, and testing of a professional development model that integrates supports for dual language learners with high-quality math and science instruction. This session described the evidence that supports SciMath-DLL, engages participants in hands-on activities that illustrate our approach to professional development, and include an interactive discussion of challenges to, and promising solutions for, implementation of effective, research-based practice.
Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, the seventh year of implementation of the high-quality pre-K program in New Jersey's Abbott districts, NIEER began a longitudinal study to measure learning gains from participating in Abbott pre-K. At the time the study began, quality had risen but not yet to its current level, and 40,500 3- and 4-year-old children were served. This fact sheet presents key takeaways from NIEER's longitudinal study of the program quality and child outcomes.