Recommended Books

Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten

August 2012

Applies a careful cost-benefit analysis to a nationwide public investment in early childhood education, considering both a targeted scenario and a preschool for all approach.

The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics

August 2012

Discusses the research, policy, and politics behind the preschool education movement in the U.S.

The State of Education Policy Research

August 2012

Examines key issues facing policymakers and researchers including race, education equity, teacher quality, early education, privatization, and politics.

Young English Language Learners: Current Research and Emerging Directions for Practice and Policy

June 2010

Provides up-to-date syntheses of the research base for young English language learners on a number of critical topics.

Child Care Today: Getting It Right for Everyone

December 2009

Discusses availability of child care options, with particular emphasis on the U.S. and U.K.

In Plain Sight: Simple, Difficult Lessons from New Jersey's Expensive Effort to Close the Achievement Gap

December 2009

Examines New Jersey's educational efforts starting at age 3, noting the state's success in improving children's reading scores on fourth grade assessments.

Good Morning, Children: My First Years in Early Childhood Education

December 2009

Presents the experiences of a first-year preschool teacher through anecdotes of her interactions with students.

The Promise of Pre-K

June 2009

Robert C. Pianta and Carollee Howes, Editors (2009) Examines the current state of pre-K with exploration of the latest research and best practices, providing examples of successful programs along the way.

A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence

December 2008

Presents evidence of the value of play in the preschool classroom and on children's development.

A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play

December 2004

Examines the role of play, specifically fantasy play, in the classroom and explores its role in children's development.

Handbook of Early Literacy Research

April 2003

Brings together current knowledge and understanding of how literacy can best be developed, nurtured, and taught.

America's Child Care Problem: The Way Out

January 2002

Identifies crucial problems facing child care and suggests sources for change, including stronger regulatory procedures and government subsidies; offers practical tips for parents seeking quality care.