News Releases

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.

June 18, 2007

More than half of Mississippi's young children live below 200 percent of the poverty line and 40 percent live in a single-parent family.

Classroom Quality Jumps; Two Years of Pre-K Boost Gains Dramatically
June 14, 2007

A new study of New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program shows that children in the state’s most disadvantaged communities who participate in the program continue to make significant gains in literacy, language and math and that two years of preschool dramatically increases their learning.

March 29, 2007

Parents on a guilt trip after reading this week's widely reported news that non-maternal child care and education causes aggressive behavior in children as late as 6th grade should relax a little.

Enrollment Increases; Quality Improves; Spending Per Child Declines
March 14, 2007

State-funded preschool continues to be the most rapidly expanding segment of the U.S. educational system but in many states the commitment to early education is fickle: funding is as likely to be cut as it is to be increased.

January 25, 2007

A new study of the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) state-funded preschool education program shows significant improvement in 4-year-old children's early language, literacy and mathematical development.

December 21, 2006

The nationally recognized director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) received one of Rutgers University's highest honors recently when he was named a Board of Governors Professor.

National Institute for Early Education Research and Starbucks Sponsor Reading, Join Campaign to Collect Books for At-Risk Children
December 14, 2006

Early education expert Ellen Frede watched the eyes of preschool children light up as she read Mrs. Wishy Washy to them in an effort to raise awareness about The Bridge of Books Foundation's holiday book drive and stress the importance of early literacy for young children.

National Institute for Early Education Research and Starbucks Sponsor Reading, Seek Donated Books for Needy Children Through Bridge of Books Foundation
December 11, 2006

You might not expect to see preschoolers nestled in the comfy chairs and sofas of Starbucks, but at 10:30 a.m., December 14 at the George Street Starbucks in New Brunswick, some 30 preschoolers will share a holiday treat when early education expert Ellen Frede will read a special children's story to them as part of Starbucks' drive to collect books for The Bridge of Books Foundation.

November 7, 2006

Arkansas' state-funded preschool program meets nine quality standard benchmarks, rather than the 10 it was originally given credit for when The State of Preschool: 2005 State Preschool Yearbook was issued by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) in March 2006.

It's All About Opportunity
November 1, 2006

We are indeed fortunate in this country to have human capital with the potential to keep our country prosperous. Before that can happen, we need to invest in it, and that begins with early childhood education.

Important Questions Parents Should Ask When Searching for Preschools
November 1, 2006

The importance of young children entering kindergarten prepared to learn is not lost on most parents, and armed with that knowledge, more and more parents diligently search for high quality preschool education programs for their 3- and 4-year-olds.