NIEER Newsletter

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

October 4, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 36

Hot Topics Sought: High-Quality Child Care Ideas The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is looking for “emerging and innovative practices to improve access to high-quality child care.” Calling it “a top priority,” Assistant Secretary Lynn A

September 27, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 35

Hot Topics University of British Columbia Researchers: Tools of the Mind Improves Student Academic Outcomes, Executive Function, and Joy; Reduces Teacher Burnout Can one kindergarten curriculum “improve self-control and attention-regulation, academic p

September 20, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 34

Hot Topics Child Care Quality Matters for the Long Term A new research synthesis, which encompasses 17 longitudinal studies in nine European countries with 16,461 children in center-based care and education, points to the value of quality in producing

September 13, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 33

Hot Topics Back-to-School: Giving Kids a Healthy Start by Investing in Their Future Government investment in pre-K can lead to “healthier children, healthier families and healthier communities,” writes Mark Del Monte, CEO and executive vice president o

September 6, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 32

Hot Topics NJ Expands Pre-K, Earns Top Spot in Quality Counts Report Card New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy expanded the state’s preschool program this week, awarding $20 million for high-quality pre-K in 28 school districts and growing Garden State pre-

August 30, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 31

Hot Topics Preparation of Early Childhood Teachers There’s been significant interest in efforts to reinvent the preparation of teachers of young children birth to age 8, including interest from Power to Profession and the National Academy’s Transformin

August 23, 2019 – Volume 18, Issue 30

Hot Topics NIEER Names New Communications Director Ernest Landante, Jr. is NIEER’s new communications director. Ernie has worked in public policy communications for more than thirty years, most recently as owner of State House Digital and Advocacy LLC,

Volume 18, Issue 15

Hot Topics The State of Preschool is Coming (Season 16) Available Wednesday, April 17th, the Yearbook presents a stark view of preschool policy in the states. This year’s report features, for a second time, the results of a special supplemental survey

Volume 18, Issue 14

Hot Topics When Quality Matters Even More When we think about childcare, we generally think about programs during standard working hours. But for parents working nonstandard hours, childcare can be scarce and high-quality programs are almost unheard of

Volume 18, Issue 13

Hot Topics Quality and Qualifications A new meta-analysis from Drs. Matthew Manning, Gabriel T. W. Wong, Christopher M. Fleming, and Susanne Garvis shows a strong link between teacher qualification and classroom quality. While it may seem common sense—

Volume 18, Issue 12

Hot Topics ECE Apprenticeships NIEER’s Yearbook, Headstart Yearbook, and Workforce Special Report have identified a clear problem with the lack of educational attainment for the ECE workforce. But identifying the problem is the easy part. Even if every

Volume 18, Issue 11

Hot Topics All in the Family Interest in paid family leave recently picked up steam as an effective state policy to improve child and parental well-being. A new report from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University points to paid family

Volume 18, Issue 10

Hot Topics Pre-K Promises State budget season is officially open, as governors across the country recently laid out their spending priorities – including pre-K. Thirty-six states elected governors in November—including 16 new to the job–and seven state

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