Publications and Research

What will it cost to give Head Start the tools it needs to succeed? This brief includes information on the qualifications and compensation of Head Start teachers and discusses the issues surrounding the push towards raising both.

This brief looks at salaries for preschool teachers and child care workers and provides evidence of the effects of poor pay and employee benefits on teacher morale, turnover rates, and ultimately on educational quality.

Research has shown that 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those who are at risk for school failure, when placed in high-quality preschool programs are more successful in their future academic and social development. This policy brief calls for the improvement of early education and care in our nation by focusing on what is critical for the child, family, teacher, curriculum, and classroom.

This study of state-funded prekindergarten programs finds teachers in publicly-operated settings are better educated, better paid, and more likely to stay in their jobs than teachers in private settings.

“Growing and Learning in Preschool” presents the essential features of a high-quality preschool program. This video shows how a preschool curriculum based on solid research builds school and life skills, why well-qualified teachers are so important, and how play is integrated into learning.