News Releases

August 14, 2013

A decade-long slide in funding for pre-K across the nation coupled with increased enrollment means the quality of early education for most kids is headed in the wrong direction, says a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO).

Funding Per Child Has Fallen More Than $1,000 Over the Decade; Programs Lose Quality as Financial Support Declines
April 29, 2013

The latest State Preschool Yearbook findings include precipitous drops nationwide in funding and quality standards benchmarks met, while access stagnated. 

March 20, 2013

The latest study of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program shows that children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities who participate in the pre-K program make significant gains in literacy, language, math and science through 4th and 5th grade.

March 13, 2013

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) will launch a community planning forum, “Irvington Children Count: Together We Can Make a Difference!,” an innovative interactive conference that will address improving the quality of early childhood education and other issues surrounding school readiness.

March 7, 2013

Members of the media are invited to a Congressional briefing on the economic benefits of early childhood education investments, which will highlight two new policy reports on the topic.

February 25, 2013

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) today released a report that summarizes important findings from research that are particularly relevant to debates over President Obama’s proposed new plan for universal pre-K as well ongoing debates over Head Start

February 14, 2013

In a statement, NIEER Director W. Steven Barnett applauds the President's focus on preschool and re-emphasizes the importance of early learning.

Guest Co-Editors Are NIEER's W. Steven Barnett, Stacie G. Goffin of Goffin Strategy Group, and Mathematica's Kimberly Boller
June 25, 2012

A special issue of the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly calls for submission of manuscripts covering a wide range of topics regarding the use of quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).

Low Quality of Many State Preschool Programs Threatens Nation’s Progress
April 10, 2012

Funding for state pre-K programs has plummeted by more than $700 per child nationwide over the past decade — keeping the quality of many states’ preschools low even as enrollment has grown, a new report from the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) shows.

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.