Governance and Accountability

Publications and Research

Ellen Frede's testimony on the value of Head Start.

In this NIEER working paper, the authors use a general equilibrium macroeconomic model to estimate the economic consequences of a large-scale, publicly-funded preschool program.

This NIEER working paper summarizes three studies projecting the economic consequences of expanding preschool programs toward universal enrollment in three states - Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin.

There is abundant evidence demonstrating that states should fund quality preschool programs. However, there is less research available to suggest how much funding is necessary for programs to achieve their desired effects. This NIEER report presents current state spending on preschool, identifies some aspects of programs that are clearly related to cost, and offers estimates of the state commitment necessary to achieve various levels of access and quality.

This report reviews research on the inputs contributing to quality, features of programs that impact children’s learning and development, and current state policies related to these characteristics.

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