NIEERNational Institute for Early Education Research
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9) In 2011-12, NIEER estimates that enrollment rates of 4-year-olds in state-funded preschool in Georgia and Oklahoma were 59 percent and 74 percent, respectively, with both programs serving that age group exclusively.
While these programs rank among the highest in the nation in access and quality according to NIEER, they differ from one another in several respects.
However, Head Start ranks lower on the NIEER scale than many state-funded preschool programs, averaging a score just below 5 (Espinosa 2002).
2002; Guskey, 2000; NIEER, 2008; SCSEEC, 2012; Sykes, 1996; VCAA, 2008).
During times of change, there is a risk that professional development simply builds hours to fulfil contractual requirements rather providing effective career development (Blank, 2010; Byington & Tannock, 2011; NIEER, 2008; OECD, 2005).
We choose not to include West Virginia, since its program has only recently become high-quality on the NIEER scale.
We do not use the NIEER estimates of enrollment rates in the analysis to follow, because the earliest available data are from the 2001-02 school year.
In the study, NIEER conducted a benefit-cost analysis of the Abecedarian Early Childhood Intervention project in North Carolina--which they note is one of the nation's most respected early education programs--by comparing data that had followed children who had participated in high-quality preschool with that of a control group who did not have the benefit of early intervention.
The NIEER researchers found that the children in high-quality preschool programs are projected to have increased incomes, and so are the mothers of these children as well as their own children.
Pew funds several of the organizations mentioned in this article, including Pre-K Now and NIEER, as part of its Advancing Quality Pre-K for All initiative.
NIEER supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research related to education for 3- and 4-year-olds.