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State Preschool Programs: Annual Yearbook Update

July 28, 2017 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

The State of Preschool 2016 authors NIEER Senior Co-Director W. Steven Barnett and Assistant Research Professor Allison Friedman-Krauss were recently featured in a National Conference of State Legislatures webinar discussing key findings from the annual state preschool yearbook. Collecting data since 2001, NIEER researchers highlight the state data and national trends, focusing on quality and access, and the latest state spending numbers on preschool…

2017 National Principals Conference: Supporting High Quality Education in the PreK-Third Grade Years

July 24, 2017 Quality and Curriculum
Vincent J. Costanza, Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ph.D., Sharon Ryan, Ed.D.

This presentation was shared during the 2017 National Principals Conference in Philadelphia. As evidenced in the 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) report, the system of care and education for our youngest children is fragmented. The session provided research on kindergarten through third grade classrooms as well as elements of a…

Roundtable 2017: Leading for Equity

June 9, 2017

While progress has been made in the US, policy makers seeking to increase equity of access to early educational opportunity still face daunting challenges. Over the past decade, substantial sums have been spent to increase enrollment in state preschool programs.  However, this does not appear to have increased enrollment in preschool programs overall.  This suggests…

Head Start in the States: Variation in a Federal Program

June 1, 2017

NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett Ph.D. joined an Education Writers Association National Seminar panel discussing the future of Head Start. Serving nearly one million children from birth to age 5, Head Start is the nation’s largest early childhood education program. But within this new political landscape, the future of the program is opaque. Despite the…

Building Powerful Pre-K

May 30, 2017

In a presentation to the New Jersey School Boards Association, NIEER Co-Director Ellen Frede, discussed why children need powerful pre-K, why they don’t already receive it and how to change that. Dr. Frede identified these key challenges for New Jersey: State funding for pre-K is limited to a small number of districts NJ serves 29% at…

Does Preschool Education Do More Harm Than Good?

May 8, 2017

NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. discussed what research tells us about preschool programs, policies and outcomes for children with members of   55 Plus in Princeton. Much attention has been given to findings from a recent study in Tennessee that children score worse on standardized tests by grade 3 if they had attended public pre-K at age 4. …

NJ’s Preschool Expansion Districts: Progress and Evaluation Results After One Year

May 1, 2017 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Jessica Francis, Ph.D.

Poster presented by NIEER Assistant Research Professor Jessica Francis at SCRD 2017 Summary of Results & Discussion Over just one year of implementation, the quality of New Jersey’s preschool expansion classrooms has improved immensely. This is based on findings from an external evaluation of all 122 classrooms in 17 districts: • Average ECERS-3 score was…

Longitudinal Measurement Invariance of the Preschool Observation Record

May 1, 2017 OutcomesState Pre-K Evaluations
Zijia Li, Ph.D.

Powerpoint Presentation at AERA 2017 Annual Meeting by NIEER Assistant Research Professor Zijia Li Summary Findings: The unidimensional model provides a parsimonious and near precise solution for the dimensionality assessment of the 32-item Preschool OnlineCOR and the 8-item COR-ST The graded response model showed better fit than the reduced graded response model for the 32-item…

Variation in Head Start Teacher Qualifications, Compensation, and Turnover

March 2, 2017 FederalQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

NIEER Assistant Research Professor Allison FriedmanKrauss was a speker during the 2017 Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium Annual Meeting regarding policy implications of new research on qualifications and compensation of the early childhood workforce. Dr. Friedman-Krauss, co-author of the groundbreaking State(s) of Head Start report, discussed variations in Head Start teacher qualifications, compensation, and turnover across…

Primary Education Quality Presented to NJASCD Early Childhood Summit

January 26, 2017 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

NIEER Assistant Research Professor Shannon Riley-Ayers Ph.D., was a featured speaker during the January 2017 New Jersey Early Childhood Summit focused on bridging the gap in early learning preschool to third grade. Dr. Riley-Ayers’ presentation focused on “Supporting a Developmentally Appropriate and Academically Rigorous Primary School.”  Today, educators and leaders are faced with the challenge…