Sharing Web Resources

The website I chose was the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) which conducts and communicates research to support high-quality, effective early childhood education for all young children. The website has tabs for publications, research and news and events. The news and events link has breaking news on early childhood issues from different states  this enables you to keep up with early childhood issues from the different states and the federal level.  The publications link gives you access to journal articles, recommended books, policy reports, NIEER videos, NIEER online newsletters, annual state pre-k reports , preschool matters and many others. The research link covers the issues of access to quality pre-k programs, assessment of preschool children and programs, economics and finance, which researches the economic benefits of preschools as well as the costs, English language learners, where they gather information on culturally appropriate preschool diversity issues, and governance and accountability of the state and local systems.

I decided to focus on a report on the findings of a 10 year national preschool study that was undertaken by NIEER  at Rutgers University and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes(CEELO) from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012 which was released in August, 2013.  It covered some of the issues that we are covering this week such as accessibility equity and excellence. The key findings from the survey were:

  • Enrollment increased dramatically for 4 year olds over the decade, but funding did not keep pace. The recession led many states to limit funding, intensifying a long-term trend in the wrong direction.
  • Access to quality preschool education heavily depends on where a child lives. Ten states do not fund pre-K. Among those that do fund pre-K, enrollment, standards and funding differ in the extreme. Without federal action these interstate inequalities are likely to persist.
  • States have far less data available to inform policy regarding their preschool programs and the children they serve than they do for K-12 education. For example, many states cannot report enrollment for children by ethnic background, home language of family income (nieer.org, 2013).

Reading this report I was made aware of the importance of state funding for early childhood education. To improve access to quality early childhood programs, every state must strive to support early childhood education for all young children, “half of whom live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line” (nieer.org 2013).

Reference

National Institute for Early Education Research http://www.nieer.org

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5 thoughts on “Sharing Web Resources

  1. It’s so surprising to see the simplest things like collecting data can stonewall the advancement of early education. I can see without the infrastructure to support programs we will always be trying to catch up.
    Jeannie

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  2. I have been intrigued this week about the differences in inequities in early childhood based on the geographic location of programs and services for families. I agree, this is where federal action is needed to come into play – how can we expect our children to have a strong and equal foundation for academics in the global arena when we can’t breakdown these inequities within our country!

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  3. I truly believe that children would be much better off if more states had funded preschool programs for children to have access to quality preschool. It amazes me that so few states seem to place the same weight on preschool as they do on typical elementary school, even though it is so important to overall child development!

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  4. Marla Hatrak says:

    Isn’t it funny how funding streams do not keep up with the pace of more pre-K enrollments and other important early childhood programs? Neither do they keep up with pace of other social issues.

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  5. Mary Preville says:

    interesting. I found a common thread running through all the resources this week, the issue of state funding and the importance of continued support for children from low-income families.

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