May 31, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Two New Working Papers from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)
      Source: NIEER - Retrieved May 31, 2006
  2. The Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth
      Source: Brookings Institute - Retrieved May 30, 2006
  3. New Consortium on Early Childhood Development Launched
      Source: University of Chicago - May 25, 2006
  4. Investing in Quality: A Survey of State Child Care and Development Fund Initiatives
      Source: Child Trends - Retrieved May 30, 2006

1. Two New Working Papers from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

Source: NIEER - Retrieved May 31, 2006

The following two working papers from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) are now available online:

Is More Better? The Effects of Full-Day vs Half-Day Preschool on Early School Achievement
This paper discusses a randomized trial that compared children from low-income families in half-day and full-day public preschool programs. Results show that children attending full-day programs did better on mathematics and literacy tests than children in a 2.5 to 3-hour public preschool program and the achievement gains continued at least until the end of first grade. The paper is available online at http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=144

How Much Does Quality Preschool Cost?
Research demonstrates that quality preschool programs are a good economic investment. However, there is less information available that examines how much funding is necessary for programs to be successful. This working paper looks at current state spending on preschool, identifies aspects of programs that are related to cost, and provides estimates of the funding needed to achieve desired levels of access and quality. It is available at http://nieer.org/resources/research/CostOfEffectivePreschool.pdf

2. The Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth

Source: Brookings Institute - Retrieved May 30, 2006

The Brookings Institute recently released a new policy brief entitled The Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth. This brief describes how implementing a high-quality universal preschool policy could add $2 trillion to annual U.S. GDP by 2080. For more information go to http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2006/04education_dickens02.aspx

3. New Consortium on Early Childhood Development Launched

Source: University of Chicago - May 25, 2006

Nobel laureate James Heckman and the Pritzker Family Foundation recently launched the Pritzker Consortium for Early Childhood Education at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago. The goal of the consortium is to "identify the most important development opportunities for children 5 years and younger, and to transform the way society and the business community view investments in early childhood education." For more information go to http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/06/060525.pritzker.shtml

4. Investing in Quality: A Survey of State Child Care and Development Fund Initiatives

Source: Child Trends - Retrieved May 30, 2006

The National Association of State Child Care Administrators and Child Trends with the Bank Street College of Education, has published a new report in which states describe how they are using funding from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), along with other sources, to invest in child care quality. The report, entitled Investing in Quality: A Survey of State Child Care and Development Fund Initiatives highlights findings from an online survey of child care administrators in every state and the District of Columbia. It is available online at http://www.childtrends.org/Files/InvestinginQualityChildcareRpt.pdf