News Releases

April 12, 2004

What Florida voters thought they were ordering through the state referendum is not what they will get in plans currently under consideration.

March 30, 2004

Scores from a disability screening test are inaccurately and improperly being used as evidence that 84% of the state's children are ready for kindergarten said a leading national expert on prekindergarten today.

February 27, 2004

A Rutgers University report released today said that 90 percent of preschool teachers in New Jersey’s 30 most disadvantaged school districts could earn a Bachelor’s degree with early childhood certification by the court-ordered deadline of Sept. 2004.

First-Ever Preschool Yearbook Calls for Increased State and Federal Funding
February 19, 2004

A landmark survey of state preschool programs found that the states are "failing our nation’s children" with ten states spending nothing at all and the level of funding "embarrassingly low in many, perhaps most other states."

First-of-its kind national survey finds that children suffer from limited access, inadequate resources, and low quality of state preschool programs
February 16, 2004

First-of-its kind national survey finds that children suffer from limited access, inadequate resources, and low quality of state preschool programs.

December 19, 2003

Imagine a "terrible twos" mindset, but in a stronger 5-year-old, a more
irritable 13-year-old, or a much more cocky 19-year-old. Aggression
doesn't peak sometime in the teens as many think, but when we are much
younger - just before the age of two, according to research on the brain and

October 28, 2003

Children who attend high quality, universal preschool programs enjoy better skills when they enter school, according to a powerful new Georgetown University study released today that points to teacher quality and pay in the public schools as likely reasons for improved readiness.

September 8, 2003

A leading early childhood education expert today applauded the PNC Financial Services' Grow Up Great initiative, the largest corporate financial commitment to early education.

July 21, 2003

Nearly half of 18 polled states cut state preschool programs in state FY ’04 budgets, with the remaining half funding the programs only at previous year levels, said a leading early education policy expert. A poll taken by the National Institute for Early Education Research looked at the status of state preschool programs in the face of unprecedented state budget crises.

July 16, 2003

The head of the National Institute for Early Education Research took issue today with statements about a study of children in child care, calling them "a disservice to every parent who worries about making the best choice for their children.

National Head Start Debate Features Teacher Qualifications<BR>New Research Shows Preschoolers Do Best When Their Teacher Has A College Degree
July 9, 2003

Three- and four-year-olds learn the most – socially, emotionally and academically – when their teachers have a college degree and some background in early childhood development. Decades of research show that a high-quality preschool experience, with a qualified teacher, can prepare children adequately for success in kindergarten and, subsequently, throughout life. Long-range studies reveal that children who attend high-quality preschools are more likely to graduate high school and college and have higher lifetime earnings.

May 22, 2003

NIEER Director Steve Barnett lauded the teacher provisions of the House Head Start Reauthorization proposal released today that calls for increased numbers of teachers who hold college degrees with specialized training in early childhood development. He also called for authorization of additional funding to ensure the intent of the proposal can be met.

Fun, Educational Gifts for those Three- and Four-Year Olds on your Shopping List
December 5, 2002

Searching for just the right gift for that special three- or four-year-old on your holiday shopping list? Looking for something that is fun, promotes learning and keeps the child’s interest long past the holidays? A national research organization released tips today on selecting books and technology products to help gift buyers find presents that will put the sparkle in their eyes and enrich their learning capacities at the same time.

New Findings Prove Significant Economic Returns for Taxpayers, Children and Families
November 20, 2002

For every dollar spent on high-quality early education programs, taxpayers can expect four dollars in benefits. These programs not only lead to greater academic success, they boost lifetime earnings for participants and their mothers.

September 19, 2002

The new Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) says America is ready for a major breakthrough in providing quality preschool.

NIEER Director Speaks at Congressional Briefing
September 13, 2002

“Inadequate funding hurts Head Start’s ability to hire and retain highly qualified staff and hurts staff morale. Both of these things are likely to reduce educational quality.”

August 20, 2002

87% of voters surveyed say state governments should provide funding to allow every American family to send its 3-and 4-year old children to a good preschool.

July 30, 2002

An important new resource for research and information on early education is now available with the launch of

Researcher says investment will save money on special education, remediation and a host of social services
June 27, 2002

A state investment in quality pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds will save Florida between $2 billion and $3 billion per each wave of 4-year-olds, according to a nationally recognized expert in education economics.

January 14, 2002

Rutgers' Graduate School of Education (GSE) has been awarded a $5.3 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to establish a national institute for the research and support of early childhood education initiatives.