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Liss, Emmy; Wallack, Josh; Weisenfeld, G. G.; Frede, Ellen – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
Over the last several years, a growing number of cities have invested in early care and education for 3- and 4-year-old children, known as "preschool." This paper aims to aid cities in planning preschool programs by outlining a range of factors to consider. We largely do not make recommendations, but rather try to identify a range of…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Program Development, Governance, Program Administration
Nores, Milagros; Friedman-Krauss, Allison; Barnett, W. Steven – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
To understand the use of early care and education (ECE) programs in New Jersey, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducted a representative survey of parents of children under age 5 (not yet in kindergarten) about their use of (non-parental) child care. The survey was conducted between May 25th and June 13rd, 2022, with…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Child Care, Infants
Friedman-Krauss, Allison H.; Barnett, W. Steven; Hodges, Katherine S.; Garver, Karin A.; Weisenfeld, G. G.; Gardiner, Beth Ann; Jost, Tracy Merriman – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
The "State of Preschool 2022" annual report covers the 2021-2022 school year and is NIEER's 20th report tracking preschool enrollment, funding, and policies state-by-state. This report focuses on the recovery since the 2020-2021 school year, where we are compared to before the pandemic, where we've come over the last two decades, and…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Policy, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
Harmeyer, Erin; Weisenfeld, G. G.; Frede, Ellen – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
State-funded preschool is already offered in mixed-delivery settings in most states, meaning that along with public schools, children are also served in settings such as child care centers, Head Start agencies, and private schools. However, just 39% of 4-year-olds and 14% of 3-year-olds were enrolled in publicly-funded programs, such as…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, State Aid, Child Care
Nores, Milagros; Harmeyer, Erin; Connors-Tadros, Lori; Li, Zijia; Contreras, Carol – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducted a landscape evaluation of early childhood programs in Indiana (IN) between the spring of 2021 and the summer of 2022. Commissioned by Early Learning Indiana (ELI), this study provides Indiana programs and policymakers with research-based information on the quality of a sample of…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool Children, Program Effectiveness
Nores, Milagros; Maldonado, Carolina; Sanchez, Juliana; Escallon, Eduardo; Frede, Ellen; Guerrero, Karol – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
The quality of early childhood programs plays a crucial role in improving outcomes for children. Play-based practices are considered a vital component in early childhood development as they offer opportunities for children to learn and grow. Despite this, the field is still trying to understand the role of teachers in facilitating play and their…
Descriptors: Play, Faculty Development, Preschool Education, Reggio Emilia Approach
Nores, Milagros; Harmeyer, Erin; Connors-Tadros, Lori; Li, Zijia – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducted a landscape evaluation of early childhood programs in Indiana (IN) between the spring of 2021 and the summer of 2022. The evaluation focused on understanding program components, quality, and children's learning and development across a variety of programs in the state.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Quality, Young Children
Nores, Milagros; Harmeyer, Erin; Connors-Tadros, Lori; Li, Zijia – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducted a landscape evaluation of early childhood programs in Indiana (IN) between the spring of 2021 and the summer of 2022. The evaluation included assessments of infant, toddler, and preschooler children's developmental status in multiple domains at two time points to measure growth.…
Descriptors: Young Children, Child Development, Status, Early Childhood Education
Frede, Ellen; Hodges, Kate – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
The research note discusses various classroom observation tools used in early childhood classrooms and the degree to which they capture the facilitation of playful learning. We note that while all tools capture some aspects of play facilitation especially the preconditions for play, few tools directly measure techniques that solely facilitate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Play, Teaching Methods
Maldonado, Carolina; Nores, Milagros; Sanchez, M. Juliana; Escallon, Eduardo; Frede, Ellen – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
Playing is crucial for children's growth and learning, and it is essential to understand and improve the role of educators in facilitating learning through play. This study aimed to investigate the beliefs of early childhood educators in Colombia's aeioTU program about play, which is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy and focuses on art,…
Descriptors: Play, Child Development, Personal Autonomy, Preschool Teachers
Barnett, W. Steven; Jung, Kwanghee – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2023
In 2020 preschool participation rates substantially declined. A recent NIEER survey found that the Fall 2022 preschool participation rates had nearly returned to pre-pandemic 2019 levels. The NIEER survey asked parents of young children who were still not in preschool in the Fall of 2022 to report why they did not enroll their children. The top…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Student Participation, Attendance Patterns
Friedman-Krauss, Allison H.; Barnett, W. Steven; Garver, Karin A.; Hodges, Katherine S.; Weisenfeld, G. G.; Gardiner, Beth Ann; Jost, Tracy Merriman – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2022
The 19th edition of "The State of Preschool," the National Institute for Early Education Research's (NIEER) report on the annual survey of state preschool policies, includes information for every state on child enrollment, funding, staffing, and quality standards. The pandemic has highlighted and intensified longstanding problems in…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Policy, COVID-19, Pandemics
Kilander, Alex; Garver, Karin; Barnett, W. Steven – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2022
For state-funded preschool programs the compensation of teachers is a critical issue for program quality and effectiveness. If preschool programs are to attract and retain teachers comparable to those in primary schools, preschool teachers must receive comparable pay and benefits. This brief assesses compensation parity between state-funded…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Salaries, State Aid, Educational Quality
Kilander, Alex – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2022
Outdoor preschool education is increasing, particularly in the United States where it has been less common than in some other countries. Proponents claim a variety of benefits from the approach, including that it allows children to explore and play in nature much more than in traditional classrooms. In the context of a pandemic with high rates of…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Preschool Education, State Aid, Educational Finance
Weisenfeld, G. G.; Hodges, Kate; Copeman Petig, Abby – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2022
Assistant teachers are an integral component of the preschool classroom, planning and implementing educational activities and supporting individual children and small groups, and often bring linguistic, cultural, and racial/ethnic diversity to the teaching field. However, there is limited research on the impact of assistant teacher qualifications…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Programs, Teacher Aides, Training
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