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Increasing Returns from Large Scale Investment in ECE

June 22, 2018 Economics and FinanceInternationalOutcomes

NIEER Founder Steven Barnett was a keynote speaker during the  Second International Early Childhood Action Congress  held June 14 & 15, 2018 in Paris focused on “The Transition to School: Equity, quality & innovation.” Dr. Barnett shared this presentation during the “Key Promising Paths to Strengthening Transition Capacity Building” session, addressing questions such as the need to invest in the educational…

Right from the Start: Cradle to Kindergarten

February 14, 2018 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

NIEER Senior Co-Director Ellen Frede recently participated in a panel discussion hosted by Right from the Start NJ, a statewide advocacy effort dedicated to ensuring resources and services are in place so infants and toddlers can achieve the highest level of cognitive, emotional, and physical development possible. The discussion featured “Cradle to Kindergarten” authors Ajay Chaudry,…

Approaches to Financing State Prekindergarten Programs

January 31, 2018

NIEER Founder and Senior Co-Director W. Steven Barnett Ph.D. presented research on different preschool funding schema drawing from national models, highlighting cost of quality and state education infrastructures, and effective state support systems during the Council of Chief State School Officers summit in January 2018. His presentation identified key policy decisions: How is Pre-K funding…

Pre-K Effectiveness: Fade-Out, Fading or Catch-Up

January 31, 2018

NIEER Senior Co-Director Ellen Frede Ph.D. discussed research and critical state experiences concerning equity and high-fidelity implementation of pre-K in New Jersey during the Council of Chief State School Officers summit in January 2018. Her presentation included these key lessons for program design: Initial gains must be large & meaningful Structural features (resources) are necessary,…

Learning About Young Children: Play-based Screening in Early Childhood

January 10, 2018 AssessmentQuality and CurriculumState Pre-K Evaluations

NIEER/CEELO Senior Fellow Jim Squires  recently presented Learning About Young Children: Play-based Screening in Early Childhood at the 2018 Alabama First Class Pre-K Conference on January 4 in Mobile, Alabama. The annual conference attracts more than 2,000 early educators and administrations from throughout the state which features national and state experts. Jim’s presentation can be found…

Getting Intentional About Kindergarten through Third Grade Practices

October 20, 2017 Quality and Curriculum

NIEER Associate Research Professor Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ph.D ., and Assistant Research Professor Alexandra Figueras-Danie l Ph.D., along with Vincent Costanza, Ed.D., Superintendent in Residence, Teaching Strategies, LLC. shared this presentation during the 2017 New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association conference. What often results from our fragmented system of care and education is a lack of rigorous and appropriate experiences for children…

Curriculum Decision-Making: Dimensions to Consider

October 20, 2017

NIEER Research Assistant Professor Jessica Francis, Ph.D . and NIEER Research Project Coordinator Katilin Northey  shared this presentation during the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC) conference in October 2017. The educational effectiveness of P-3 programs relies on what curriculum is used and how well it is implemented. Curriculum, put simply, is the content…

Behind the Benchmarks Webinar

October 13, 2017 AssessmentQuality and CurriculumState & Local

NIEER’s webinar provided an overview of changes to  State of Preschool report  quality standards benchmarks, reasons for the updates and policies that should be in place to meet the new benchmarks. Presenters included NIEER Founder and Senior Co-Director Steve Barnett and yearbook co-author Allison Friedman-Krauss Ph.D., along with representatives from Michigan, Alabama, and New Mexico discussing how they have integrated or plan…

SECC and MWCC Regional Institute Nurturing High-Quality Early Learning and Leadership Across the Pre-K-3 Continuum

September 20, 2017 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

NIEER Senior Research Fellow Jim Squires Ph.D. was a presenter during a September 2017  early childhood institute  hosted by the Southeast and Midwest Comprehensive Centers at American Institutes for Research focused on nurturing high-quality early learning and leadership across the pre-K to Third Grade continiuum. His presentations included  State and Local Strategies for Transforming the Great Divide between Birth-5 and K-3 , and  The Art of Art: Using Fine Art to Promote Early Learning

Designing a STEM Professional Development Program for Preschool Teachers, with Supports for DLLs

August 23, 2017 English Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumSTEM
Hebbah El-Moslimany

Often early childhood educators are not well-prepared to support STEM learning (NRC, 2009), and in our research at NIEER, with partnership from East Tennessee State University, we have developed a model that aims to fill this gap. SciMath-DLL model is a preschool professional development model that integrates STEM instructional offerings with supports for dual language learners….