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Publications and Research

Presentation by Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ellen Frede, Gera Jacobs, and Judi Stevenson Boyd at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development June 9, 2008.

The importance of young children entering kindergarten prepared to learn is not lost on most parents, and armed with that knowledge, more and more parents diligently search for high-quality preschool education programs for their children. NIEER offers questions parents can ask to help them find a high-quality prekindergarten program.

This report provides a framework for decision-makers to use in evaluating which curriculum might be most appropriate for their specific preschool education program.

This study introduces a portable direct assessment of young children’s self-regulation—the Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment (PSRA).

Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life. This policy brief synthesizes the body of professional knowledge about early literacy and offers research-based recommendations.

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