NIEER Newsletter

March 13, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 10

Hot Topics ECE Policymakers and Advocates Respond to COVID-19 NIEER has created an online curated collection of Resources for Early Childhood Policymakers on Preventing and Preparing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As COVID-19 spreads and national, s

March 6, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 9

Hot Topics New Mexico Creates Early Childhood Trust Fund New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation last month to create an early childhood trust fund. Launched with a general fund appropriation of $320 million and to be sustained by

February 28, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 8

Hot Topics Are Digital Apps a Substitute for “Real Preschool”? The use of digital media by young children has grown rapidly in the past decade. The dimensions of this change are better understood by the public and policy makers than its consequences. S

February 14, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 7

Hot Topics Remembering Ron Lally “Young children everywhere — along with their families and caregivers — lost one of their best friends and most passionate champions … with the unexpected death of our dear colleague Ron Lally.” Read more. ECE Resources

February 7, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 6

Hot Topics REL Mid-Atlantic Looks at Young Learner Growth Measures A new report addresses key issues for Kindergarten Readiness Assessments (KRAs) and assessment K-3 more generally. REL Mid-Atlantic’s new report on growth measures finds schools’ K–3 gr

January 31, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 5

Hot Topics Spotlight on the Poor Pay Problem for Early Childhood Teachers A new report from UnidosUS focuses on Latinx preschool teachers, the importance of teachers who understand the cultural backgrounds and home language, and the importance and chal

January 24, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 4

Hot Topics CSCCE: Educator Work Environments Are Children’s Learning Environments: How and Why They Should Be Improved Center for the Study of Child Care Employment’s new blog post discusses the importance of supportive early education work environment

January 17, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 3

Hot Topics Reducing Chronic Absenteeism Among Pre-K, Kindergarten Students New resources to help identify and reduce chronic absenteeism among pre-K and kindergarten students are available from the REL Mid-Atlantic and the New Jersey Department of Educ

January 10, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 2

Hot Topics Screen-based media use and language and literacy skills in preschoolers Even very young children now commonly spend substantial time with screens (phones, tablets, TVs, etc.) and screen time including the use of digital media devices is incr

January 3, 2019 – Volume 19, Issue 1

Hot Topics Updated Study Finds Children Benefit from Early Education An updated meta-analysis from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) assesses the evidence for long-term effects and economic benefits from Head Start, state funded

December 20, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 46

Hot Topics Increases for Early Childhood Programs Early childhood programs will get $1.1 billion more than last year under a deal to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020. The increases include $550 million for the Child Care and Develop

December 13, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 45

Hot Topics New NIEER-CityHealth Report on Pre-K in Cities Shows 34 of Nation’s Largest Cities Now Have Pre-K Program A new national report shows which large U.S. cities are leading on policies that address health and well-being, including high-quality,

December 6, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 44

Hot Topics Reading to Young Children, Infants Boosts Their Vocabulary Shared reading between parents and very young children, including infants, is associated with stronger vocabulary skills for nearly all children by age 3, say physicians at Rutgers R

November 22, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 43

Hot Topics Revised: Model Work Standards for Teaching Staff in Center-based Child Care The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and the American Federation of Teachers have updated their Model Work Standards “to reflect a 21st-century context.

November 15, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 42

Hot Topics Large Hispanic Population States Use New Federal Dollars to Increase Child Care Provider Payment Rates States with a high population of low-income Hispanic children plan to use a federal appropriation to increase payment rates to child care 

November 8, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 41

Hot Topics Access to High-Quality State-Funded Preschool by Black and Latinx Children Black and Latinx children have little access to high-quality state-funded preschool, according to The Education Trust. It found Latinx children have particularly low

November 1, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 40

Hot Topics MSU Study: Should preschool writing be more communication and less ABCs? Writing instruction in early education should be about more than letter formation and penmanship, argue Michigan State University researchers who found preschool teache

October 25, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 39

Hot Topics Report Helps Officials “Think Critically” About Improving Early Learning Programs A new report by the Learning Policy Institute “examines the essential skills and competencies children should” have before kindergarten “and the related skills

October 18, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 38

Hot Topics Pre-K and Kindergarten Classrooms: Pedagogically Aligned? In a recent study, gains children make after at least two years of high-quality preschool sometimes evaporate after they transition to a lower-quality elementary school. Citing “growi

October 11, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 37

Hot Topics Many Hispanic Families Pay Too Much for Child Care About a third of low-income Hispanic families with young children pay too much for child care based on federal recommendations, according to the National Research Center on Hispanic Children

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