Mission Statement

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. Such education enhances their physical, cognitive, and social development, and subsequent success in school and later life.

The Institute offers independent, research-based advice and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators.

The Institute's research program aims to:

  • Provide a vision of early education excellence in terms that are usable by policy makers and understandable to the general public
  • Monitor and evaluate national and state progress toward early educational excellence
  • Develop and analyze model legislation, standards, regulations and other policies required to improve quality and increase access to good preschool programs
  • Explain the costs, outcomes and economic benefits of alternative policies

The Institute works with state and national policy makers and other organizations to:

  • Collect, archive and disseminate information on the status of early education access and quality, exemplary practices and policies, and public opinion
  • Develop research and communication strategies to fill gaps in knowledge and to effectively apply scientific knowledge to early education policy
  • Commission new research and analysis to be carried out by Institute staff, visiting scholars and researchers at other institutions
  • Create a rapid response capacity to provide the media with an independent, research-based perspective on breaking news
  • Stimulate national and state discussions of early education policy
  • Partner with other organizations to develop a coherent national research agenda and to deliver and publicize vital information about early education

Past and current supporters of research performed by NIEER include: The Pew Charitable Trusts, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Fund for New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Prudential Foundation, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey, Smith Richardson Foundation, Tulsa Community Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).  NIEER also leads the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), one of 22 comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to strengthen the capacity of State Education Agencies to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes.

For more information about NIEER, contact:

Kirsty Clarke Brown, Policy and Communications Advisor
(732) 993-8051
73 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1879