News Releases

November 8, 2010

Children who attend New Mexico PreK score higher in early math, language, and literacy than children who do not attend and are better prepared to enter kindergarten, according to a new study of New Mexico's prekindergarten program released today.

Calls for Bold Measures to Boost Child Development and Learning
October 13, 2010

A new collection of papers issued today, co-edited by Brookings Senior Fellow Ron Haskins and Barnett of Rutgers University's National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), assessed federal policies for early childhood education and child care.

New Analysis Shows Cuts of At Least $348 Million
August 3, 2010

Preschool-age children across the nation will feel a much bigger impact from the recession in 2010 and 2011 than in the past as more states run short of money to fund their pre-K programs.

Annual Survey Shows Drop in Spending Per Child
May 4, 2010

Preschool-age children across the country are feeling the impact of the recession as states cut back on early education programs, according to the annual survey of state-funded preschool programs. NIEER released its annual report, The State of Preschool 2009, at a news conference that focused on the impact of the recession on young children.

New Study Shows Cutbacks in State Preschool Programs — More Expected; 1 in 7 Children Now Living With Unemployed Parent
May 3, 2010

The annual survey of state funded pre-K programs shows the national total for enrollment and spending on state-funded pre-K increased, though at reduced rates than in prior years.

November 18, 2009

New Mexico's state-funded PreK program significantly improved language, literacy and math for the children who attended over children who did not and the estimated rate of return is $5 for every $1 invested, according to a new report released today at New Mexico's Legislative Education Study Committee.

September 22, 2009

A new study of New Mexico's prekindergarten program released today shows that children who attended the New Mexico PreK Initiative scored higher in early math, language, and literacy than children who did not attend the program.

Hoover Institution book 'cherry picks' data and ignores contrary evidence
June 16, 2009

A new think tank book that criticizes proposals for universal preschool has been found by an expert reviewer to be an inaccurate and poorly reasoned attack that ignores mounting evidence of the role universal preschool could play in raising student achievement, especially for children living in poverty.

Federal Program Called for to Help States Increase Quality, Enrollment
April 8, 2009

The annual survey of state-funded preschool programs shows impressive expansion in enrollment and spending. However, the recession may reverse the trend, curtailing early education opportunities for children in lower and middle-income families.

March 18, 2009

The Obama administration's plans to expand high-quality pre-k has ignited a firestorm of protest from libertarians and others based on highly-selective readings of preschool research and disregard for the needs of America's children and families.

Obama Urged to Ensure Children are Not Harmed by Job Creation
January 8, 2009

The leading research organization focusing on early childhood education has called on the incoming Obama administration to invest in preschool and child care for the sake of America's children and as both an immediate economic stimulus and a long-range boost to the economy.

As candidates debate national preschool policy, scholar urges policymakers to stick with what works
September 10, 2008

Amid a contentious debate over the benefit of preschool programs, a new policy brief, Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications examines what researchers currently know about the potential of those programs to bring about positive change.

June 4, 2008

New findings from an ongoing study of New Mexico 4-year-olds who attended the state's pre-K initiative show that in its second year of existence, the program continued to improve language, literacy and math development.

Survey Shows 12 States Offer No Programs, Others Falter; Gains are Threatened by Possible Recession
March 19, 2008

State-funded preschools served over one million children last year, yet public pre-K was unavailable for most 3- and 4-year-olds, according to the annual survey released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

Survey Ranks All 50 States on Enrollment, Spending per Child, Quality
March 17, 2008

Preschool remains the most dynamic segment of the education system, with state-funded programs now serving more than a million children. Spending per child is up and so is the quality of state preschool education. But the picture is not all rosy. Twelve states have no state-funded preschools.

November 28, 2007

An innovative preschool curriculum, called "Tools of the Mind" holds hope for improving academic achievement of children from poor families; reducing the achievement gap between children from poorer versus wealthier homes; and reducing the number of diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Poor Access for Hispanic, Low-Income, Poorly-Educated Families in the West and Midwest
November 8, 2007

The nation is failing to meet the need for preschool education, and those with the least access are children from low-income, poorly educated families who live in the West and Midwest, according to a report released today by an early education research unit of Rutgers University.

New study reveals what states can do to increase quantity and quality of preschool facilities
August 15, 2007

A new report contends that unless states develop policies and strategies to address the need for new and better facilities, preschool education programs run the risk of falling short of their goals.

August 9, 2007

When schools open this year, working families with household incomes in the $30,000 to $50,000 range will be hard-pressed to afford high-quality preschool education for their children.

August 2, 2007

New Mexico 4-year-olds who participated in the state's pre-K initiative show greater improvement in early language, literacy and math development compared to children who did not, according to a new study of the program released today by a national research institute.