Journal Articles

Costs, Benefits, and Long-Term Effects of Early Care and Education Programs: Recommendations and Cautions for Community Developments

December 2006
W. Steven Barnett and Debra J. Ackerman

This paper discusses the costs and benefits related to implementing early childhood education programs, including the effects on children's learning and development

Oral Storytelling: A Cultural Art That Promotes School Readiness

September 2006

This article explores how early childhood educators can use story-telling as a culturally sensitive, age-appropriate learning tool to promote young children's school readiness.

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The Costs of Being a Child Care Teacher: Revisiting the Problem of Low Wages

January 2006
Debra J. Ackerman

This report demonstrates how low wages for preschool teachers impact the overall quality of child care.

Getting Teachers from Here to There: Examining Issues Related to an Early Care and Education Teacher Policy

December 2005
Debra J. Ackerman

This article explores two issues facing the move to increase the credentials of the current early care and education workforce.

Updating the economic impacts of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program

November 2005
Milagros Nores, Clive R. Belfield, W. Steven Barnett, and Lawrence Schweinhart

The authors develop an updated cost-benefit ratio for the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program.

Updating the economic impacts of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program

November 2005

The authors develop an updated cost-benefit ratio for the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program.

Using Pressure and Support to Create a Qualified Workforce

March 2005
Sharon Ryan and Debra J. Ackerman

This article reports on a study examining the impact of a system of pressure and support to motivate preschool teachers toward obtaining a teaching credential by a set deadline.

Head Start's Lasting Benefits

January 2005
W. Steven Barnett and Jason T. Hustedt

This article provides an overview of research on the federal Head Start program and its lasting benefits.

States' Efforts in Improving the Qualifications of Early Care and Education Teachers

May 2004
Debra J. Ackerman

This paper describes efforts by individual states to improve preschool education teachers' qualifications and training.

What do teachers need? Practitioners' perspectives on early childhood professional development

January 2004
Debra J. Ackerman

This article discusses teacher professional development from the point of view of the early childhood practitioner.

Preschool: The Most Important Grade

April 2003

Research confirms long-term benefits of high-quality early education.

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