Journal Articles

Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Early Education Interventions on Cognitive and Social Development.

November 2008

Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Early Education Interventions on Cognitive and Social Development.

Coaching as Part of a Pilot Quality Rating Scale Initiative: Challenges to--and Supports for--the Change-Making Process

October 2008
Debra J. Ackerman

This article reports on a study focusing on a Quality Rating Scale (QRS) consulting process and provides recommendations for enhancing this process.

Continuity of Care, Professional Community, and the Policy Context: Potential Benefits for Infant and Toddler Teachers' Professional Development

September 2008
Debra J. Ackerman

This paper shares the results of a study on the benefits of continuity of care for infants and toddlers.


Why Governments Should Invest in Early Education

July 2008

This article makes an economic case for investing in the education of young children.

Use of Decontextualized Talk Across Story Contexts: How Oral Storytelling and Emergent Reading Can Scaffold Children's Development

June 2008
Stephanie M. Curenton, Michelle Jones Craig, and Nadia Flanigan

This study examines oral language skills in parent-child interactions and discusses results in terms of implications for home-based literacy interventions.

Children's Preliteracy Skills: Influence of Mothers' Education and Beliefs About Shared-Reading Interactions

March 2008
Stephanie M. Curenton and Laura M. Justice

This study examines the associations between children's preliteracy skills and their mothers' educational backgrounds and beliefs about shared-reading interactions

Early Childhood Leaders and Literacy

February 2008

This article reviews the book Literacy leadership in early childhood: An essential guide.

An Effectiveness-Based Evaluation of Five State Pre-Kindergarten Programs

January 2008
Vivian C. Wong, Thomas D. Cook, W. Steven Barnett, and Kwanghee Jung

This article estimates the effectiveness of a sample of state-funded preschool programs, given the growing importance of such programs on education policy.

"The Learning Never Stops": Lessons from Military Child Development Centers for Teacher Professional Development Policy

December 2007
Debra J. Ackerman

This paper looks at the professional development of child care workers in the U.S. military and discusses how successful elements of this system could be implemented into broader-reaching teacher professional development policies.

Comparative benefit-cost analysis of the Abecedarian program and its policy implications

December 2007
W.S. Barnett and Leonard N. Masse

This paper, published in the Economics of Education Review (26, 113-125), presents insights from a benefit-cost analysis of the Abecedarian preschool program and comparisons to the High-Scope Perry Preschool program.

Commentary on "Implementing New York's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program: An Exploratory Study of Systemic Impacts"

November 2007
Debra J. Ackerman

This commentary offers an alternative perspective to the argument that state-funded pre-K initiatives contribute to instability in the child care market.

The Importance of Demographic, Social, and Political Context for Estimating Policy Impacts: Comment on "Implementing New York's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program"

November 2007
W. Steven Barnett

This article reviews national demographic and enrollment trends regarding state preschool initiatives to counter concerns about the potential negative effects of state-funded pre-K on child care programs.