American society is increasingly aware of the value of early education, particularly for the economically disadvantaged. One recent study found that children who received early education at ages three and four were more likely to have finished high school than children who did not. The economic benefits of early childhood education far outweigh the costs, according to a growing body of research.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) was established at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education with a grant from Pew. The institute is part of Pew’s long-term strategy to encourage universal, voluntary access to high-quality early education for three- and four-year olds. It supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research.

The institute works with state and national policy makers and other organizations to collect, distribute and archive information on the status of early education access, best practices, and public opinion; applies new scientific knowledge to preschool strategy; commissions new research and analysis; provides the media with an independent, research-based perspective on breaking news; stimulates national and state discussions of early education policy; and partners with other organizations to develop a coherent national research agenda.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, view the materials below and visit the National Institute for Early Education Research Web site.


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