News Releases

National Institute for Early Education Research and Starbucks Sponsor Reading, Join National Campaign to Advance Reading and Set World Record
August 24, 2006

New Jersey's Commissioner of Education and early literacy advocate Lucille E. Davy read the story with its powerful "I think I can" message to the 4-year-olds at an event sponsored by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Starbucks in partnership with Jumpstart's Read for the Record national campaign.

August 23, 2006

Looking at Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) one year after its launch, one is left wondering how far off the mark the program really is.

August 17, 2006

Ellen Frede, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist widely recognized for her role in the court decision requiring preschool in New Jersey's 31 poorest school districts, was recently named co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

National Institute for Early Education Research and Starbucks Sponsor Reading, Join National Campaign to Advance Reading and Set World Record
August 17, 2006

Some 30 New Brunswick preschoolers will hear the classic tale with its powerful "I think I can" message when the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Starbucks sponsor a reading of the The Little Engine That Could as part of the national "Read for the Record" campaign encouraging adults across America to read to young children.

June 16, 2006

As Illinois expands its preschool program to serve all 3- and 4-year-olds, there should be no shortage of qualified teachers if early childhood centers pay competitive salaries, according to a new study released today.

June 16, 2006

As Illinois expands its preschool program to serve all 3- and 4-year-olds, there should be no shortage of qualified teachers if early childhood centers pay competitive salaries, according to a new study released today.

Study Addresses Criticism of Proposition 82
May 18, 2006

A California ballot initiative that would establish a statewide, voluntary preschool program for all 4 year olds offers substantial educational and economic benefits to the state and its residents, according to a policy analysis by a leading research institute that studies state-funded preschool programs.

City Council Speaker Quinn Lauds Preschool Study; Joins Educators for Report Release at Manhattan Preschool
May 16, 2006

City Council Speaker Quinn Lauds Preschool Study; Joins Educators for Report Release at Manhattan Preschool

Growth in Quality of Programs Lags
March 23, 2006

The annual report on state preschool initiatives shows that state-funded programs increased enrollment by more than 100,000 4-year-olds from 2002 to 2005, but state spending per child is down and enrollment actually declined in 11 states.

December 6, 2005

A new study of Oklahoma's Early Childhood Four-Year-Old Program shows significant improvement in children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development, improvement far greater than shown in a recent national study of the federal Head Start program.

December 6, 2005

A new study of South Carolina's two preschool programs for 4-year-olds found significant improvement in children's early language and literacy development, improvement far greater than shown in a recent national study of the federal Head Start program.

December 6, 2005

A new study of West Virginia's Early Childhood Education Program for 4-year-olds shows significant improvement in children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development, improvement far greater than shown in a recent national study of the federal Head Start program.

State Programs with Higher Teacher Qualifications Outperform Head Start
December 6, 2005

A new study of high quality prekindergarten programs in five states reveals significant improvement in children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development, improvement far greater than found in a recent national study of the federal Head Start program.

December 6, 2005

A new study of the Michigan School Readiness Program for 4-year-olds shows significant improvement in children's early language, literacy and mathematical development.

December 6, 2005

A new study of New Jersey's Abbott Preschool Program for children in the state's most disadvantaged communities, shows significant improvement in 4-year-olds' early language, literacy and mathematical development.

June 13, 2005

The Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, W. Steven Barnett, said today that the recently released study of the impact of the federal Head Start Program shows that the program can make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children but must do more to deliver on that promise.

May 3, 2005

Seven out of ten teachers in state-funded prekindergarten programs earn salaries in the low-income category and one in six works a second job to make ends meet, according to a just-released report from the National Prekindergarten Study.

Preschool Enrollment Increased Nationally, Spending Per Child Dropped
November 22, 2004

The second annual survey of state preschool programs found a huge disparity in availability from state to state and even within state boundaries.

Modest Income Families Have Least Access; Education, Not Job Concerns, Motivates Parents
October 21, 2004

Children from families of modest income, not the poor, have the least access to preschool in the United States.

Prekindergarten For All Can Benefit Both Low and Middle-Income Children
June 24, 2004

A new research report examines the pros and cons of making publicly funded
preschool programs available to all children versus only those who are at
risk of failure.

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