NIEER Newsletter

December 3, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 48

HOT TOPICS Closing the Leadership Gap: 2021 Status Update on Early Childhood Program Leadership in the United States Researchers at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership released a brief that summarizes state policies on program leadershi

November 19, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 47

HOT TOPICS National Group for State Early Childhood Education Professionals Changes Name The National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education has been renamed the National Association of State Leaders in Early Educa

November 12, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 46

HOT TOPIC Build Back Better continues to contain unprecedented proposals to increase federal support for child care and preschool education Despite recent changes, substantial federal support to lower the costs of child care for nearly all families wit

November 5, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 45

HOT TOPICS NIEER Research Featured in Early Childhood Research Quarterly NIEER researchers found preschool classroom instruction focused more on literacy, math and choice, with less time spent in the whole group and transitions, received higher quality

October 29, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 44

HOT TOPICS Build Back Better Framework’s Historic Opportunity to Strengthen Early Education and the Nation The Build Back Better Framework offers a historic evidence-based opportunity to transform early education in the United States before the end of

October 22, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 42

HOT TOPICS The 2021 Early Care and Education Leadership Development Compendium: A View of the Current Landscape The latest compilation of early childhood and education leadership development programs in the U.S. showed a decline in offerings. The 2021

October 15, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 41

HOT TOPICS Investing ARP and PDG Funds to Address the Early Childhood Workforce Shortage Early Childhood Development leaders at the Administration for Children and Families this week issued a letter calling on states, communities, and local programs to

October 8, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 40

HOT TOPICS Webinar: Including Family Child Care in State- and City-funded Pre-K Systems Join Home Grown, NIEER, state and city pre-K leaders, and special guests from the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Early Childhood Development on Oct.

October 1, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 39

HOT TOPICS New Research Identifies Factors Associated with Academic Success of English Learners Early intervention for young children learning English as a second language improved school attendance and long-term academic outcomes, researchers found. T

September 24, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 38

HOT TOPICS NIEER Offers Resources to Support Development of Universal Pre-K in NJ Gov. Phil Murphy this month announced plans to expand pre-K to all New Jersey 3- and 4-year-olds by the end of the decade. Another 19 school districts received $17 millio

September 17, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 37

HOT TOPICS The Benefits of Engaging Families in Learning and Development During Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Strong partnerships between parents and educators support learning and teaching at school, and are especially important for young children

September 10, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 36

HOT TOPICS Reducing COVID19 Transmission in Preschool Classrooms New modeling of COVID-19 transmission in preschool classrooms found that decreased classroom density and teacher vaccinations reduced total infections. “The model uses actual student and

September 3, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 35

HOT TOPICS Michigan’s Birth to Kindergarten Certificate Professionalizes Early Learning Workforce To better equip teachers of young children and professionalize the early childhood workforce, Michigan’s State Board of Education has created a birth-K ce

August 27, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 34

HOT TOPICS New NIEER Survey Finds Pandemic Continues to Negatively Impact Young Children and their Parents NIEER has released initial findings from its study, The Pandemic’s Impact on Young Children and Their Parents, based on a spring 2021 preschool l

August 20, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 33

HOT TOPICS New Resource: Supporting Prenatal-to-Three with Federal Funds The National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers published a new resource on how states and localities can use the nearly 30 federal relief funds to support the well-being of i

August 13, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 32

HOT TOPICS ACF Seeks to Study Leadership in Center-based Care and Education Settings The Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation plans to collect data for a study of leadership in center-based early care an

August 6, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 31

HOT TOPICS High-Quality Early Childhood Assessment: Learning From States’ Use of Kindergarten Entry Assessments As of 2021, 38 states have implemented kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) — more than a fivefold increase in 10 years. When designed and

July 30, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 30

HOT TOPICS NYS Virtual Early Learning Presentations The New York State Education Department posted several presentations created for the New York State 2021 Virtual Early Learning P-3 Summer Institute by Junlei Li, a senior lecturer in early childhood

July 23, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 29

HOT TOPICS NIEER Fact Sheet: Would parents enroll children in a free, high-quality preschool this fall? Eighty-one percent of parents recently surveyed indicated they would be either very or somewhat likely to enroll their children in a free, high-qual

July 16, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 28

HOT TOPICS UPK: Answers to 5 frequently asked, and important, questions With the possibility of historic new public investments in early care and education becoming a reality, important questions are being asked about universal pre-K. Why do we need it

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