Quality and Curriculum

Publications and Research

In this report we explore the extent to which 41 states, the District of Columbia, and three large cities support high-quality state-funded preschool education. The framework for our assessment of state capacity is provided by “15 essential elements” of high-quality pre-K. These can be categorized into three clusters: enabling environment, rigorous policies, and strong practices. We believe that our assessments of the extent to which each element is present in each state will be useful to policy makers, researchers, and others interested in understanding how much progress each state has made and what the opportunities and barriers may be for further progress. The ratings apply to policies as of June 30, 2016.

For a recent Rutgers GSE Brown Bag Lecture, three researchers from one of the GSE's special units, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Alexandra Figueras-Daniel, Jorie Quinn, and Shannon Riley-Ayers presented their research on a proposed intervention for 17 volunteer kindergarten teachers to improve quality. In addition to coaching, the support included professional learning communities, model lessons, and lesson and room arrangement feedback. Significant gains were obtained on several items including seven that showed stronger support of dual language learners. Other areas that showed quality gains were Display of Child Product, Teacher-Child Language, and Integration and Breadth of Subjects. 

Click on 'Read the full article' to see a YouTube video of the presentation.