Policy Analysis

Policy Brief – Child Outcome Standards in Pre-K Programs


This policy brief provides an overview of the extension of the standards movement to preschool programs. It presents the conditions and special considerations necessary for standards to have a positive impact on preschool children and strengthen accountability.

By Elena Bodrova, Deborah Leong, and Rima Shore NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 5, March 2004) Summary In the early childhood field, terms such as building blocks, desired results, or learning goals have all been used to describe the kinds of development and

Policy Brief – Investing in Head Start Teachers


What will it cost to give Head Start the tools it needs to succeed? This brief includes information on the qualifications and compensation of Head Start teachers and discusses the issues surrounding the push towards raising both.

NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 4, September 2003) Summary What will it cost to give Head Start the tools it needs to succeed? It will take an investment in teachers. A fully certified teacher in every Head Start classroom stands as the single most effective

Policy Brief – Low Wages = Low Quality: Solving the Real Preschool Teacher Crisis


This brief looks at salaries for preschool teachers and child care workers and provides evidence of the effects of poor pay and employee benefits on teacher morale, turnover rates, and ultimately on educational quality.

By W. Steven Barnett NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 3, May 2003) Summary Evidence points to the low wages and benefits offered to preschool teachers as the single most important factor in hiring and keeping good teachers. In fact, preschool programs with th

Policy Brief – High Quality Preschool: Why We Need It and What It Looks Like


Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.

By Linda M. Espinosa NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 1, November 2002) Summary Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future