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Helpful Organizations

The Pew Charitable Trusts: www.pewtrusts.org

The Pew Trusts are a major force in support of universal pre-kindergarten for three- and four-year-olds. The Pew web site has information about its pre-kindergarten initiative along with media resources, fact sheets and other content related to pre-kindergarten.

Pre-K Now: www.preknow.org

Pre-K Now is a national advocacy organization that promotes high-quality pre-kindergarten education for all three- and four-year-olds. Their work is focused primarily on state policy. Their site has a lot of good resources for state advocates, including reports, fact sheets, public opinion polls, and materials that can be downloaded.

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER): www.nieer.org

Based at Rutgers University, NIEER provides comprehensive research, information and analysis about pre-kindergarten. In addition to useful publications and communication tools, NIEER publishes a state-by-state yearbook on the state of pre-kindergarten across the country: http://nieer.org/yearbook/. NIEER also offers a useful e-newsletter to anyone who signs up.

Committee for Economic Development (CED): www.ced.org

CED has several publications aimed at the business community that make the case for effective pre-kindergarten programs.

Council for Chief State School Officers: www.ccsso.org/Projects/early_childhood_and_family_education/Projects

CCSSO has several initiatives dedicated to improving early education access and quality. This site is a rich source of presentations, data, organizations, and other resources with a state focus.

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: http://nces.ed.gov/ecls/Kindergarten.asp

An ongoing study through the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) is tracking the school experiences of a representative sample of children from kindergarten through middle school. NCES has also followed a birth cohort from nine months to two years of age. Neither survey picks up three- and four-year-olds, but there’s still interesting information about school readiness.

Foundation for Child Development: http://www.fcd-us.org/work/

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national, private philanthropy focused on children and families. One of its four main initiatives is pre-kindergarten to grade three: A New Beginning for Publicly Supported Education, which promotes a universally available pre-kindergarten program for three- and four-year- olds aligned to K-12 standards.

National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics: www.ecehispanic.org

The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics is a non-profit center based at Arizona State University. A good resource for publications, data, research, and policy analysis about Spanish-speaking children from birth through the primary grades. Materials are available in both English and Spanish.

We gratefully acknowledge The Pew Charitable Trusts for its support of our work related to pre-kindergarten. The views expressed are those of the Center for Public Education and not necessarily those of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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