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Resources on Early Childhood Education from Other Organizations




National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

  • National Institute for Early Education Research
    This Web site supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. NIEER works to "produce and communicate the knowledge base required to ensure that every American child can receive a good education at ages three and four." The Institute offers independent research-based advice and technical assistance to four primary groups: policy makers, journalists, researchers, and educators."
    National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers University
  • State Preschool Yearbook 
    The Yearbook is an authoritative and highly regarded annual review of state preschool programs. It profiles state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States, with detailed descriptions and evaluations of each state’s preschool programs. The first report in this series focused on programs for the 2001-2002 school year and established a baseline against which progress can be measured.
    National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers University
  • Growing and Learning in Preschool (Part 1) (video, 5min)
    Growing and Learning in Preschool (Part 2) (video, 5 min)
    Growing and Learning in Preschool (Part 3) (video, 5 min)
    These videos show the essential features of a high-quality preschool program. You’ll see how a preschool curriculum based on solid research builds school and life-related skills, why well-qualified teachers are so important, and how play is integrated into learning.
    National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers University

Harvard University Graduate School of Education

  • The Harvard Education Letter 
    This Web area provides an entire series on early childhood education available in full text (including research, resources, articles, comments from practitioners). Additional articles in this ongoing three-year series will be posted as they are published.

Education Commission of the States (ECS)  

  • Prekindergarten Database
    Kindergarten Database
    Each database provides a variety of information on prekindergarten and kindergarten, respectively, allowing users to find state policy information (statutory and finance) for all 50 states.
  • Early Learning Issues - This area offers a collection of reports and studies.
  • No Child Left Behind Policy Brief: Implications for the Early Learning Field (PDF, 8pp)
    The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal education law has no accountability requirements that apply directly to early childhood education programs for children in second grade and below, but there are implications for the early learning field, and they are discussed in this policy brief.
    Education Commission of the States (ECS) (June 2004)