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The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study (APPLES)
National Institute for Early Education Research (U.S.),
New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.

Findings from research on quality and children's educational outcomes in New Jersey's Abbott Preschool, a publicly-funded, high-quality preschool program for children in high-poverty school districts

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Essex Infant/Toddler Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP)
Alexandre, Judith Marie Yves, June, 2013
New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.

The goal of this study is to inform local and state stakeholders about the quality of infant/toddler care in East Orange, Irvington, Newark and Orange, New Jersey. (author abstract)

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Expanding access to quality pre-k is sound public policy
Barnett, W. Steven, December, 2013
New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.

An overview of research evidence on the relationship of participation in preschool, including publicly-funded programs, to children's developmental outcomes

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Expanding access to quality pre-k is sound public policy [Executive summary]
Barnett, W. Steven, December, 2013
New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.

A summary of an overview of research evidence on the relationship of participation in preschool, including publicly-funded programs, to children's developmental outcomes

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The state of infant-toddler care and education in New Jersey
Alexandre, Judith Marie Yves, 04 December, 2013
New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.

We conducted two studies to examine the quality of infant and toddler care in New Jersey. One study was of the quality of center-based care statewide, as part of the New Jersey Department of Education's (NJDOE) effort to establish baseline data to inform the State's effort to build the coordinated early childhood data system recommended by the New Jersey Council of Young Children (NJCYC). The second study examined the quality of center-based and family home child care in Essex County with funding from the Nicholson, Schumann and Turrell Foundations. Both studies were informed by advisory groups that helped to develop the methods and questions. The key questions addressed are as follows: What is the quality of infant and toddler center-based care in New Jersey? What is the quality of this infant/toddler care in each of the twenty one counties? What are some common strengths and weaknesses of infant and toddler center-based care? For Essex County, the questions were extended to family home care and to look at specific cities within the county. As will be seen, center-based quality in Essex County is very similar to the statewide average, and this suggests that it may also provide a reasonable indication of family home child care quality in the state as whole. (author abstract)

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The state of preschool 2013: State preschool yearbook
Barnett, W. Steven, 2013
New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.

This annual report examines access to, quality standards in, and resources devoted to state-funded preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-old children during the 2012-2013 school year. It is based on a survey of administrators of state-funded preschool programs. The report includes profiles for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and United States territories. Key findings include an overall decline in enrollment from the previous year in states offering public prekindergarten. One program improved on quality benchmarks, while two declined. Five programs met all 10 quality benchmarks. State funding increased in 18 of 41 states offering programs and declined in 20

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The state of preschool 2013: State preschool yearbook [Executive summary]
Barnett, W. Steven, 2013
New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.

This summary provides an overview of an annual report that examines access to, quality standards in, and resources devoted to state-funded preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-old children during the 2012-2013 school year. It is based on a survey of administrators of state-funded preschool programs. The report includes profiles for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and United States territories. Key findings include an overall decline in enrollment from the previous year in states offering public prekindergarten. One program improved on quality benchmarks, while two declined. Five programs met all 10 quality benchmarks. State funding increased in 18 of 41 states offering programs and declined in 20

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