Journal Articles

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.

Who Are These Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students?

December 2006
Eugene E. Garcia and Delis Cuellar

Arizona State University professor Eugene E. Garcia and colleague Delis Cuellar answer this question in an article in the online journal Teachers College Record.

The High/Scope Perry Preschool Program: Cost-Benefit Analysis Using Data from the Age-40 Followup

December 2006
Clive R. Belfield, Milagros Nores, Steve Barnett, and Lawrence Schweinhart

This study follows the children who participated in the High/Scope Perry preschool program, analyzing the costs and benefits of the program.

Early Childhood Development and Social Mobility

December 2006
W. Steven Barnett and Clive R. Belfield

This article discusses the effects of preschool education programs on disadvantaged children's movement up the ladder.