Quality and Curriculum

Publications and Research

Studies suggest that prekindergarten can strengthen a child’s commitment and attitude toward school, enhance the parenting skills of children’s parents, and have positive impacts on family relationships. This policy report summarizes research findings about these wider benefits of early education.

This policy brief examines how class size and staff-child ratios affect quality, educational effectiveness, and cost of preschool programs.

High-quality preschool education depends on effective, high-quality teachers. This brief presents educational requirements for preschool teachers, reviews evidence on the importance of teacher qualifications, and offers policy recommendations.

A book chapter that examines data on state-funded preschool programs to discuss the possible outcomes of shifting control of Head Start from the federal to the state level.

Can investing in high-quality early education reduce the demand for high-cost special education, social welfare and criminal justice systems? NIEER Director Steve Barnett makes this point in this video, which features children in preschool and parents who weigh in on the issue.

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