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Early education helps prepare preschoolers for kindergarten — developmentally, academically, and socially — and also is associated with lasting positive outcomes. RAND research related to preschool children includes studies on early childhood development, effective preschool programs, child care quality, and the costs and benefits of investing in preschool education.

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    Exploring the Benefits of Early Childhood Education in California

    Sep 24, 2010

    The California Preschool Study sought to understand achievement gaps among the state's children, whether existing preschool education programs is adequate, and what efficiencies could be achieved through public funding of early childhood education.

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    Innovative Preschool Academy Project

    RAND is helping bring evidence-based practice into Hopkins House's Innovative Preschool Academy (IPA), an early childhood education center located in Northern Virginia.

    Jun 13, 2014

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    Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 1 Report

    As a first step in a larger study of Delaware Stars, a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early learning and care programs, RAND research reviewed prior literature, examined existing data, and interviewed key stakeholders.

    Jun 9, 2014

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    How to Improve Early and School-Age Care in Santa Monica

    There is a complicated range of early learning and out-of-school-time programs in Santa Monica. City and community stakeholders can help make this system more seamless by pursuing strategies to improve access, quality, service delivery, financial sustainability, and more.

    Apr 25, 2014

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    Early and School-Age Care in Santa Monica

    Researchers examine how well Santa Monica's child care programs meet the needs of families, including child care and early education programs before kindergarten, as well as care for school-aged children, both during the school year and the summer.

    Apr 25, 2014

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    “T” Is for Technology: Early Childhood Education and the Digital Divide

    Despite the central and growing role of digital technology for knowledge-based work, children in low-income families have relatively limited access to computer-based devices, software applications, and the Internet. “T” Is for Technology explores the potential for early childhood education to help narrow this digital divide.

    Mar 3, 2014

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    Evaluating Delaware's Quality Rating and Improvement System for Child Care and Early Childhood Education

    The Evaluation of Delaware Stars assesses whether rating tiers reflect relevant differences in the quality of home- and center-based programs and whether the system is operating effectively.

    Dec 4, 2013

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    Improving Access to Early Childhood Education

    Achievement gaps between disadvantaged and advantaged students in language arts and mathematics can form early, with some children trailing behind in school readiness measures when they enter kindergarten. Despite fiscal constraints, an increase in the funding for effective preschool programs can help to close these gaps and reduce costs later on.

    Dec 1, 2013

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    To Eliminate the 'Readiness Gap,' Preschool Is Just the Beginning

    Preschool for four-year-olds should be as common as kindergarten is for five-year-olds. Ultimately, the goal should be the elimination of the readiness gap through expanded access to preschool, written materials in the home, and technology that could improve delivery of such materials.

    Nov 26, 2013

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    To Eliminate the 'Readiness Gap,' Preschool Is Just the Beginning

    Preschool for four-year-olds should be as common as kindergarten is for five-year-olds. Ultimately, the goal should be the elimination of the readiness gap through expanded access to preschool, written materials in the home, and technology that could improve delivery of such materials.

    Nov 26, 2013

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    Give Poor Kids a Chance with Early Education

    Federal and state initiatives to advance preschool program quality will further ensure that these investments in early learning programs will achieve their full promise and promote healthy child development — physically, socially, emotionally, and academically, writes Lynn Karoly.

    Apr 10, 2013

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    RAND Researchers Discuss Early Childhood Development

    Joe Dougherty summarizes key points from a media conference call with RAND experts on early childhood development and education. They discuss the importance of early childhood development in laying the foundation for success later in life, as well as the potential for high-quality programs to yield a return on investment for society at large.

    Feb 21, 2013

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    The President's Early Childhood Expansion Should Take a 'Portfolio' Approach

    An optimal approach to strategically expanding access to early childhood programs is one that helps states and communities identify evidence-based approaches that address their particular needs, within the context of their characteristics, writes M. Rebecca Kilburn.

    Feb 21, 2013

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    Understanding Variation in Classroom Quality Within Early Childhood Centers: Evidence from Colorado's Quality Rating and Improvement System

    This study examines variability in quality across classrooms within early childhood centers and its implications for how quality rating systems (QRSs) capture center-level quality.

    Jan 1, 2013

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    Bernanke Knows a Good Investment When He Sees One

    Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve System Ben S. Bernanke cited RAND studies that have documented the importance of investing early in children's learning. He made the case that early education programs, especially those serving disadvantaged children, are one of the best investments that society can make in its future.

    Aug 2, 2012

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    How Would Programs Rate Under California’s Proposed Quality Rating and Improvement System?

    In 2010, the California Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee recommended a structure for a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) that could apply to the state's licensed centers and licensed family child care homes. Researchers examined fundamentals of the proposed QRIS rating scheme that could inform California's QRIS design.

    May 1, 2012

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    Incorporating Child Assessments into State Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

    Including child assessments in the design, implementation, and evaluation of quality rating and improvement systems or other quality improvement efforts could improve practice and raise care quality for early childhood education.

    Feb 28, 2012

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    The Use of Early Care and Education by California Families

    Researchers describe child care and early learning arrangements for the approximately 2.8 million California children ages 0 to 5 who are younger than the age at which they would enter kindergarten.

    Feb 28, 2012

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    Improving the Professional Development System for California's Early Child Education Workforce

    California has taken steps to implement components of a comprehensive professional development system for its early child education workforce. However, further advances are needed and more information is required to identify possible inefficiencies in the current system.

    Feb 28, 2012

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    Research Brief

    Professional Development and California's Early Care and Education Workforce

    As California seeks to improve the quality of early care and education programs and access to them, a key consideration is the effectiveness of the state's ECE workforce professional development system.

    Feb 28, 2012

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    How Child Assessments Can Help Early Childhood Quality Improvement Efforts

    Researchers identify five strategies for incorporating child assessments into the design, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives designed to raise the quality of care in early care and education settings.

    Feb 28, 2012

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