Advance Briefing Advisory -- April 29, 2010, 3:00 p.m. EDT: Recession Hits State Preschool Programs; More Cuts Expected

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Annual Survey Shows Drop in Spending Per Child

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Steve Barnett, director of National Institute for Early Education Research

WHAT: CONFERENCE CALL BRIEFING—The 2009 annual State of Preschool report ranks all 50 states on preschool quality standards, funding and enrollment. The report identifies the changes in enrollment and spending over eight years, states that set high standards for preschool programs, and the states that provide no programs for their children.


  •     In what categories do Florida, California and Texas preschool programs trail other states?
  •     What’s the likelihood of cuts in pre-K spending in states such as New York, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania?
  •     Where did state preschool programs in states such as Maryland, Massachusetts and Missouri fall behind in 2009?
  •     What are the 10 best states and the worst?

WHEN: Recognizing it’s a large report and embargoed until May 4, Steve Barnett, the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, will conduct a phone briefing for top reporters on April 29 at 3 P.M. (EDT). News stories based on the report may run in May 4 editions. The report will be released at a news conference to be held at 9:30 a.m., May 4 at the AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School, 2750 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

BRIEFING REGISTRATION/INSTRUCTIONS TO RECEIVE EMBARGOED REPORT: To participate in the conference call, please contact Jen Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald(at)nieer(dot)org or Mary Meagher at mmeagher(at)nieer(dot)org. Registration for the conference call constitutes agreement to honor the embargo of the report until May 4, without exception. Call-in information will be available upon registering for the call and an embargoed copy of the report will be made available.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (, a unit of the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, supports early childhood education policy by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. NIEER is supported through grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and others.


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