Every child deserves high-quality early education
We improve the learning and development of young children through research that transforms policy and practice.
State of Pre-K Data Explorer
View and Compare State of Preschool Yearbook Data Across States and Years
The State of Preschool 2022
Uneven Access & Quality Span Two Decades, but New Universal Preschool Efforts Offer Hope
International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
Qualifications and supports for teaching teams in state-funded preschool in the United States
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Research & Program Evaluations
We evaluate nationwide early childhood programs, rigorously assessing impact. Data-driven evaluations span years, revealing strengths and weaknesses for targeted improvements.
NIEER's policy landscapes offer insights into early childhood education policies, enrollment, and nationwide funding. Advocates, policy-makers, and researchers rely on them to improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood education.
NIEER Developed Tools
NIEER has created numerous proprietary research tools that include assessments, surveys, cost calculators, and evaluations, used by researchers and educators to gather data, analyze information, and evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood education programs.
International Journal of Childcare & Education Policy
The International Journal of Childcare and Education Policy (IJCEP) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal focusing on childcare and education policy research for young children.
NIEER provides technical assistance to state advocates on improving the quality of early care and education programs and understanding the costs associated with high-quality programs. NIEER is producing a series of Guides to PreK Expansion and other resources to support state and national advocates in their efforts to ensure all children have access to high-quality early care and education.
Partnership with New Jersey
New Jersey has a rich history of supporting early learning, evidenced by the state's Supreme Court decisions, legal regulations, financial investments, and committed state leadership. However, a pivotal turning point came with a landmark legal decision that sparked significant changes and laid the groundwork for progress over the last two decades.