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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….

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…