State Programs

Publications and Research

States report a variety of initiatives to improve the quality of child care, such as training caregivers, raising compensation, and increasing safety. However, few states have studied the effect of their initiatives on children.

Examination of what states are doing to support early childhood literacy primarily in out-of-home settings.

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.

This report finds New Jersey has made little progress toward ensuring its poorest children receive a high-quality preschool education beginning at age 3, despite the state's promises to fully implement a state Supreme Court order. The report calls for major changes in state policy.

A study of states' policies on defining and assessing children's readiness for school as they enter kindergarten.