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Weisenfeld, G. G.; Connors-Tadros, Lori – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
One of the goals of pre-K programs funded by states is to support the learning and development of young children. Research finds that only high-quality programs can achieve positive, long-term outcomes in areas such as student achievement, educational attainment, personal and social behavior (e.g., reductions in crime), and adult health and…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Labor Force Development, Preschool Teachers
Friedman-Krauss, Allison H.; Barnett, W. Steven; Garver, Karin A.; Hodges, Katherine S.; Weisenfeld, G. G.; Gardiner, Beth Ann – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
The 17th edition of "The State of Preschool," the National Institute for Early Education Research's (NIEER) report on their annual survey of state preschool policies, provides government policymakers valuable information for planning short- and long-term responses to the crisis. The report includes information for every state on child…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Evaluation, Yearbooks
Garver, Karin – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
An all too common complaint in the early childhood field is that low salaries for preschool teachers and lack of pay parity with K-12 teachers in the public schools creates serious problems. These include low morale and difficulty recruiting and retaining strong preschool teachers. State policies can contribute to or resolve these problems in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Salary Wage Differentials, Faculty Mobility
Connors-Tadros, Lori; Weisenfeld, G. G. – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
In order to expand high quality public preschool, a 3-step approach to ensuring adequate funding is needed. First, design a program to meet a state's goals and then determine the cost of that program. Second, designate how the resources to pay for that cost will be obtained. Third, specify how the funds will be distributed to local entities. The…
Descriptors: Resource Allocation, Educational Quality, Preschool Education, Program Design
Weisenfeld, G. G.; Hodges, Katherine; Garver, Karin – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
In most states kindergarten entry assessments (KEA) are employed primarily to inform parents and teachers. KEAs can serve as a key indicator of child development at formal school entry to inform education, but also could serve as a baseline for assessing progress in the early grades. However, their usefulness for this purpose is limited because…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Screening Tests, Student Evaluation
National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
This document provides a summary of five national resources, seven state resources, one multi-state resource, and two resources from other fields and/or situations planning for re-entry to school following COVID-19 school closures.
Descriptors: Planning, School Closing, COVID-19, Pandemics
Garver, Karin – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
Child care providers navigate a challenging and competitive industry, where the substantial cost of providing safe, quality care for children meeting all state standards has to be balanced against families' ability and willingness to pay for care. Operating a business where narrow profit margins can turn into significant deficits from one week to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Child Care Centers, Child Care
Barnett, Steven; Jung, Kwanghee; Nores, Milagros – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
COVID-19 has brought chaotic change to early education. Most of the nation's 5 million 3- to 5-year-olds attending preschool classrooms had their attendance cut short in March 2020. Preschool-age children in family day care or at home with parents and other family members had their daily routines disrupted. Parents now often work from home and…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Young Children, Family Environment
Garver, Karin – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2020
Many states have already made and proposed budget cuts in response to the COVID-19-induced recession's impact on revenue. Since state revenues lag the economy, it is a safe bet state budget problems will worsen before they improve. More specific predictions can be made by looking closely at what happened in the last major recession. This brief…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Preschool Education, Economic Impact
Friedman-Krauss, Allison H.; Barnett, W. Steven; Garver, Karin A.; Hodges, Katherine S.; Weisenfeld, G. G.; DiCrecchio, Nicole – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2019
The "State of Preschool 2018" is the 16th edition of the National Institute for Early Education Research's (NIEER's) annual report tracking state-funded preschool access, resources, and quality. Since 2002, the preschool landscape has changed in many ways; and in others, it has remained the same--highlighting the need for a renewed…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Evaluation, Yearbooks
Friedman-Krauss, Allison; Bernstein, Sima; Barnett, W. Steven – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2019
While the link between schooling and health has been well established, the direct and indirect effects of early childhood education programs on health have recently become a more substantial focus of research. This brief summarizes the research evidence, organized by three theoretical models that explain how early childhood education and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child Health, Models
Bernstein, Sima; Barnett, W. Steven; Ackerman, Debra J. – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2019
Because pre-academic and social-emotional capabilities at kindergarten entry predict later academic and social success, there has been great concern with the level of "readiness" at kindergarten entry. Many states require a kindergarten readiness assessment (KRA). However, how readiness is defined, who or what entity is doing the…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Definitions, Student Characteristics
Friedman-Krauss, Allison H.; Barnett, W. Steven; Weisenfeld, G. G.; Kasmin, Richard; DiCrecchio, Nicole; Horowitz, Michelle – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2018
"The State of Preschool 2017" is the 15th edition of the National Institute for Early Education Research's (NIEER) annual report tracking state-funded preschool access, resources, and quality. Since 2002, many states have made progress, a few have fallen behind, and a handful have emerged as leaders. As a result, disparities in access to…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Evaluation, Yearbooks
Barnett, W. Steven – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2018
North Carolina's preschool program has solid evidence that it produces long-term benefits, but most children eligible for NC Pre-K are unable to enroll due to inadequate state funding, according to an analysis by the National Institute for Early Education Research. "Barriers to Expansion of NC Pre-K: Problems and Potential Solutions"…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Barriers, State Aid, Educational Finance
Nores, Milagros; Krauss, Allison Friedman; Frede, Ellen – National Institute for Early Education Research, 2018
One of the most significant recent trends in the U.S. education system is that white students are no longer the majority. This trend is mainly driven by growth in both the number and percentage of Hispanic children. The share of Hispanic students among kindergarten children increased from 19 percent in 1998 to 24 percent in 2010 (ECLS-K,…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Hispanic American Students, Access to Education, Preschool Education
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