Policy Brief – Challenging Behaviors and the Role of Preschool Education

This policy brief from NIEER examines the role of preschool education in regard to problem behaviors in young children.

By Lisa A. McCabe and Ellen C. Frede
NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 16, December 2007)


Is there a rise in challenging behaviors among young children in early care and education? Is preschool a contributing factor or can it provide positive experiences that can reduce the rates of challenging behaviors? What about quality? In this NIEER policy brief, authors Lisa A. McCabe and Ellen C. Frede review the research in order to answer these questions and make recommendations that can lead to better behavioral outcomes.

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