Policy Matters Policy Briefs

Preparing Young Hispanic Dual Language Learners for a Knowledge Economy

January 2013
By Alexandra Figueras-Daniel and W. Steven Barnett

This brief addresses issues of preschool access and quality that are specific to Hispanic children as well as other largely disadvantaged and immigrant groups.

Policy Brief – Improving Public Financing For Early Learning Programs

June 2011

This brief reviews sources and models of public financing of early care and education and makes recommendations for improving upon what currently exists so as to remove barriers to increasing program access and quality.

Policy Brief – Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children

April 2011

This brief aims to broaden the discussion about what it takes to develop and maintain effective instructional practices for preschool teachers.

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Policy Brief – Perspectives on the Impact of Pre-K Expansion: Factors to Consider and Lessons from New York and Ohio

February 2011

The impact of state-funded pre-K expansion on the quality and supply of child care in New York and Ohio are assessed in this policy brief.

Policy Brief – Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice

March 2009

This policy brief reviews research addressing the development of mathematics and science knowledge in preschool children, identifies areas that require further study, and outlines recommendations for early education policy in these domains.

Policy Brief: Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys

March 2009

At the request of President-elect Obama’s transition team, this NIEER policy brief provides guidance on federal investments in preschool and child care for the sake of America’s children.

Policy Brief – Does Preschool Education Policy Impact Infant/Toddler Care?

March 2009

Public support for the education and care of 3- and 4-year-olds has increased, but has this helped or hurt the provision of care for infants (children up to 12 months old) and toddlers (1- and 2-year-olds)? This policy brief examines trends in supply and demand in the infant/toddler care market, reviews state and federal policies for infant/toddler care, and recommends policy changes that could ensure new preschool policies benefit infant/toddler care and avoid unintended negative consequences.

Policy Brief - Federal Early Childhood Policy Guide For The First 100 Days

January 2009

At the request of President-elect Obama’s transition team, this NIEER policy brief provides guidance on federal investments in preschool and child care for the sake of America’s children.

Policy Brief - Connecting Neurons, Concepts, and People: Brain Development and its Implications

December 2008

This policy brief summarizes what is known about early brain development and corrects some of the common misunderstandings of the research.

Policy Brief - Challenging Behaviors and the Role of Preschool Education

December 2007

This policy brief from NIEER examines the role of preschool education in regard to problem behaviors in young children.

Policy Brief - Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does it Matter? (Updated)

November 2007

What are the factors that influence preschool enrollment? See who goes to preschool by age, ethnicity, income, maternal employment and education and region in this policy brief.

Policy Brief - Is Public Pre-K Preparing Hispanic Children to Succeed in School?

April 2007

Hispanic children who attend high-quality preschool programs have been found to benefit as much as children from other backgrounds, and sometimes more.

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