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Research on Preschool and School Finance Litigation. Presentation at Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference October 18, 2004 W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. National Institute for Early Education Research www.nieer.org (732) 932-4350, sbarnett@nieer.org . Key Benefits of Early Education.

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research on preschool and school finance litigation
Research on Preschool and School Finance Litigation

Presentation at Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference

October 18, 2004

W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

National Institute for Early Education Research

www.nieer.org

(732) 932-4350, sbarnett@nieer.org

key benefits of early education
Key Benefits of Early Education

Increases Academic, Social, and Economic Success

  • Increases test scores
  • Improves classroom and other behavior
  • Decreases dropout
  • Increases employment, earnings, and tax revenue

Decreases Costs of Government

  • Lower schooling costs
  • Lower social services costs
  • Lower crime costs
  • Lower health care costs
needs of abbott preschoolers family background
Needs of Abbott Preschoolers: Family Background

Need IndicatorAbbott districtsNationalWealthier

Mother’s Education

< 9 yrs 8% 3% 0%

9-11 yrs 17% 11% 0%

12 yrs 37% 35% 17%

> 12 yrs 38% 49% 83%

Income < $25,0000 44% 46% NA

Primary language not English 28% 9% 4%

Mother works 61% 50% 70%

Mother’s average work hours 36 33 35

NJ

needs of abbott preschoolers early experiences
Needs of Abbott Preschoolers: Early Experiences

Need IndicatorAbbott districtsNationalWealthier

Academic Index 2.3 2.8 3.6

Doesn’t know 4 basic colors 39% 24% 7%

Doesn’t know most letters 64% 59% 38%

Can’t count to 20 57% 51% 34%

Has < 10 books 34% 15% 2%

Never read to at home 12% 5% 0%

Read to everyday at home 47% 53% 67%

NJ

needs of abbott preschoolers health and nutrition
Needs of Abbott Preschoolers: Health and Nutrition

Need IndicatorAbbott districtsNationalWealthier

Health less than good 6% 2% 0%

Never visited a dentist 45% 42% 30%

Missed breakfast during the week 15% 8% 6%

No hot meal everyday 16% 11% 9%

NJ

parent views of children s needs for preschool programs
Parent Views of Children’s Needs for Preschool Programs

Need Indicator

A full day is better 80%

If half-day, can attend morning only 24%

Summer program would help a lot 74%

No safe place to play outdoors 44%

NJ

elements of strategic research
Elements of Strategic Research
  • Effectiveness of Preschool
  • Lack of School Readiness
  • Poverty and Children’s Needs
  • Parents’ Views
  • Access to Preschool Education
  • Access to Quality Preschool Education