NIEER Newsletter

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

July 9, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 27

HOT TOPICS NIEER Seeks Input from Early Childhood Workforce NIEER is seeking input from the early care and education workforce to inform the design of a future nationwide, state-representative survey of paid workers in early care and education for chil

July 2, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 26

HOT TOPICS PDG B-5-TA Seeking Annual Convening Proposals The Preschool Development Grants Birth Through Five Technical Assistance Center (PDG B-5 TA) is soliciting session proposals for the 2021 PDG B-5 annual convening, scheduled for Oct. 18-21. The c

June 25, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 25

TOPICS   How Can We Support Meaningful Interactions in Early Childhood Education and Care? US Perspectives Webinar on Monday, June 28 at 1 p.m. EDT NIEER and the Learning Policy Institute are sponsoring a webinar on Monday to launch the sixth edit

June 18, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 24

HOT TOPICS US Office of Child Care Publishes New Resource on Early Child Care Governance   A newly published toolkit co-authored by NIEER’s Dr. Lori Connors-Tadros provides state leaders resources on governance for effective early childhood systems. Ea

June 11, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 23

HOT TOPICS   New Guide Offers School Districts Advice on Using Federal Funds to Bolster Early Childhood Education A new guide explains how school districts can use federal funds provided through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to bolster ear

June 4, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 22

HOT TOPICS Effective State Offices of Early Learning: Structural Features, Enabling Conditions, and Key Functions in Four States Factors associated with effective policy implementation in four state offices of early childhood education are investigated

May 28, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 21

HOT TOPICS How a Better Understanding of Scaling Can Enhance Early Childhood Policy and Improve Lives The University of Chicago’s new policy brief offers several recommendations on scaling early childhood education programs. “Policymakers can mitigate

May 21, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 20

HOT TOPICS Informing Continuous Improvement of Early Education at Scale Enabling large-scale public programs to learn as grow and as the populations they serve and contexts in which they operate change presents challenges and opportunities. New Jersey

May 14, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 19

HOT TOPICS How Can Cities Find Funding and Improve the Quality of Their Pre-K Programs? GG Weisenfeld, senior early childhood education policy specialist at NIEER, co-authored a new CityHealth article that describes two tools cities can use now to expa

May 7, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 18

HOT TOPICS Universal High-Quality Preschool in NJ: Academic Outcomes Through 10th Grade Higher achievement test scores and lower rates of grade repetition for children who attended a New Jersey universal preschool program persist through 10th grade, ac

April 30, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 17

HOT TOPICS Young Children in The American Families Plan The American Families Plan introduced by the Biden Administration this week contains multiple proposals that directly benefit young children over the next 10 years. These include $200 billion for

April 23, 2021 – Volume 20, Issue 16

HOT TOPICS The State of Preschool Yearbook 2020: Most US Preschoolers Don’t Get a Quality Pre-K Education, the Pandemic Made it Worse The COVID-19 pandemic set back state preschool enrollment and funding across the U.S., more than in any other sector o

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