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Early Childhood Education Resources http://nieer.org


My exploration of the NIEER web site has proved to be a great resource of early childhood educational information. I searched more of the site and looked into the research papers on the latest issues in the early childhood field. This led me to a working paper, Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy.

In this paper they expressed the major issue that state policy makers face in there efforts to increase the quality and expand access to quality pre-k is the cost of these quality preschools is upfront however the benefit isn’t able to be assessed until many years latter. The research is clear of the long-term savings but then the question becomes, what will happen to these states when the federal funding ends? (Barnett, 2013)

These are valid issues and concerns in which all states face. After the extensive review of the research presented in this paper they, “project that in 2030 with no continuing federal support, every state except Idaho would spend less money on education from pre-K through grade 12 if they meet the quality standards, operated for a full day, and served all children under 200 percent of FPL.” (Barnett, 2013)

This perked my interest I agree quality standards, full day pre-k, and serving children under 200 percent of the FPL would make a critical difference in students success. Which lead me to expand my search to the Quality Standards Benchmarks for State Pre-K referenced in the paper, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK310532/pdf/Bookshelf_NBK310532.pdf

In an effort to unify the foundation of early childhood education to improve the overall quality of pre-K in all states several quality standards are suggested. (NCBI, 2010)

– Standardizing quality requirements to qualify for professional practice

– Current qualification requirements for the care and education workforce

-State public school licensure for educators of children from birth through age 8

-Implications and consequence of overlapping state qualification standards

-Non-governmental credentialing systems

– Degree requirements

– Qualification requirements for leadership

-Leadership in early childhood settings

-Leadership in elementary schools

– Evaluation of practice quality

-Current systems for evaluating educators of children from birth through age 8

-Challenges and reforms in evaluating educators of young children

-Using student achievement to evaluate educator performance

-Observing professional practice

– Program accreditation and quality improvement systems

These suggested changes to our current system would have many positive outcomes. The research shows quality early childhood care is a critical determining factor in increased academic success in school and later personal and professional success in life. However, if our early childhood programs are not held to a level of high quality staff, and practice this positive future for our children will continue to be a futuristic idea and never become a reality.




  1. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. (December, 2013), Expanding Access to Quality Pre-K is Sound Public Policy, National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8: Deepening and Broadening the Foundation for Success; Board on Children, Youth, and Families; Institute of Medicine; National Research Council; Allen LR, Kelly BB, editors. Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2015 Jul 23. 10, Qualification Requirements, Evaluation Systems, and Quality Assurance Systems. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK310534/



Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

3 thoughts on “Early Childhood Education Resources http://nieer.org

  1. With improving the over quality in prekindergarten especially more qualified staff, training credentials, and degree requirements, educators pay should also be increased commensurate with meeting the improved system. In a recent article I read, voters identified educators as an important worker in the community and would also prefer to have more educated professionals working in the field.


  2. I agree with Laura. Requiring degrees is a wonderful idea. However, the pay will need to be increased. People spending that much money to earn a degree will expect to be paid more than many of the people working in Early Childhood today. If the pay is increased it makes me wonder what, if any, would be the unintended consequences.


  3. I was a pre-kindergarten teacher in the state of Georgia so this post was very interesting to me. The state was definitely working toward raising the quality of the program. As Laura stated with higher requirements requires higher pay. Although we don’t teach for the pay, but teachers deserve a decent living. Most recently, in counties here in Georgia they have increased the pay!

    -Taylor Solomon


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