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National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) helps State Education Agencies (SEAs) lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes. They work in partnership with SEAs, state and local early childhood leaders, and other federal and national technical assistance (TA) providers to promote innovation and accountability.

Alliance-Funded Support for State Advocacy

  • Based on findings from a parent survey about preschoolers’ experiences during the pandemic and other research, work with state early childhood administrators and advocates to identify early education policy and strategies that address gaps and inequities at the local level.
  • Develop two to three Practical Guides for Early Childhood Education Leaders that are responsive to the new fiscal and public health context, such as balancing safety and quality in pre-k classrooms, approaches to formative assessment in a virtual or hybrid delivery model, etc.
  • Organize peer-to-peer learning opportunities for state early childhood administrators and advocates to discuss research, share best practices, identify pressing needs and innovations in improving access to high quality early care and education systems for young children. This includes webinars co-sponsored with CCSSO and a virtual summit with the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists.