Quality and Curriculum

Publications and Research

The study finds that preschool programs paid for by states improve children's readiness for school and lead to greater academic success. The paper provides numerous policy and evaluation recommendations for states implementing prekindergarten.

These two reports document the degree to which the Connecticut School Readiness Initiative (CSRI) classrooms operating in south-central Connecticut during FY 1999 and FY 2000 have achieved high quality. While most classrooms provided high quality education and care for preschoolers, quality varied greatly, and many classrooms needed improvement in at least one area. Recommendations include improving quality through NAEYC accreditation.

Looks at child care from an economic perspective, suggests child care quality is poor because parents don't understand its real value or demand it, and proposes a new policy providing child care vouchers.

Presents a comprehensive, coherent picture of early childhood learning, along with a clear path toward improving this important stage of life for all children.

Sheds light on the issue of whether early education programs had measurable long-term effects on the performance of children from low-income families.