- Carolan, M.E. & Boroughs, B. (2018). Opportunities for Special Education and Early Intervention in Pay for Success. Institute for Child Success.
- Barnett, W.S., Votruba-Drzal, E., Dearing, E., & Carolan, M.E. (2017). Publicly Supported Early Care and Education Programs. In The Wiley Handbook of Early Childhood Development Programs, Practices, and Policies. Edited by Elizabeth Votruba‐Drzal Eric Dearing
- Barnett, W.S., Carolan, M.E., Squires, J.H., Clarke Brown, K., & Horowitz, M. (2015). The state of preschool 2014: State preschool yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.
- Carolan, M.E. & Connors-Tadros. (2015). Approaches to state pre-K eligibility policy: Considerations for policy makers in revising policy to increase access for high needs children. New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.
- Barnett, W.S. & Carolan, M.E. (2014). Facts about fadeout: The research base on long-term impacts of high quality pre-K. New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.
- Barnett, W.S., Carolan, M.E., Squires, J.H., & Clarke Brown, K. (2014). The state of preschool 2013: State preschool yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.
- Schilder, D. & Carolan, M. (2014). State of the State Policy Snapshot: State Early Childhood Assessment Policies. New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO).
- Schilder, D. & Carolan, M. (2014). State of the State Policy Snapshot: State Pre-K Monitoring and Evaluation Policies. New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO).
- Riley-Ayers, S. & Carolan, M. (2013). The Policies of Early Literacy in the United States. In Maas, J.F., Ehmig, S.C., & Seelmann, C. (Eds.). Prepare for Life! Raising Awareness for Early Literacy Education Results and Implications of the International Conference of Experts 2013, pp 211-7, Mainz, Germany: Institut für Lese- und Medienforschung, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin.
- Barnett, W.S., Carolan, M.E., & Johns, D. (2013). Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool. New Brunswick, NJ: Co-released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans (WHIEEAA).
- Barnett, W.S. & Carolan, M.E. (2013). Trends in State-Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 10 years of Policy Survey. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (ICEP), 17 (1), pp. 5-23.
- Barnett, W.S. & Carolan, M.E. (2013). Trends in State-Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research and the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.
- Barnett, W.S., Carolan, M.E., Fitzgerald, J., & Squires, J. (2012). The state of preschool 2012: State preschool yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.
- Barnett, W.S., Carolan, M.E., Fitzgerald, J., & Squires, J. (2011). The state of preschool 2011: State preschool yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.
- Squires, J. H, Carolan, M., & Barnett, W. S. (2011). On Track: Developing New Jersey’s Early Childhood Data System. A Report to the New Jersey Council for Young Children.
- Alger, V., Carolan, M., DeMarzo, B., & Matthews, V. (2011). Single Stop USA at Essex County College: Research and Recommendations on Outreach and Effectiveness. Final Report. Practicum for the Master of Public Policy program at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.
- Barnett, W.S., Epstein, D.J, Carolan, M.E., Fitzgerald, J., Ackerman, D.J., & Friedman, A.H. (2010). The state of preschool 2010: State preschool yearbook. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research.
- Contributor to Starting Strong III – A Quality Toolbox for Early Childhood Education and Care (2012) report on international early childhood education and care for the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD).
- Co-authored a report with W. Steven Barnett for Alabama School Readiness Alliance (ASRA) on the cost of expanding Alabama’s First Class Prekindergarten Program. News coverage available online.
- Contributed to the Early Childhood Education section of the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard (2012) from CFED.
Earley, B. (November 2018) Granny Pods are Tiny Houses’ Answer to Nursing Homes. Apartment Therapy.
“We often hear about the ‘sandwich generation’ of adults—especially women—who are balancing the demands of caring for their own children while also caring for aging parents. By having grandma and grandpa move into a granny pod out back, they enjoy the benefits of independent living while still having close, likely daily, contact with their adult children and grandchildren, which has social-emotional benefits for these adults.”
Reece, T. (September 2018). Ages & Stages section. Parents
Credited contributor to popular column identifying appropriate activities and milestones for children by age. Contributed to early learning activities parents can use at home for building early math, literacy, and social-emotional skills from ages 6 to 12 months.
Samuels, C. (April 27, 2018). How Can ‘Pay for Success’ Models Support Special Education? Early Years blog at Education Week.
Megan Carolan, the director of policy research for the Institute for Child Success and a co-author of the paper, said her organization’s goal is to expand the conversation around pay-for-success models, which are still in their infancy.
“This is both the folks who are coming in with a pay-for-success background and really no special education context, and special-ed folks who are saying, ‘How is this going to help the kids I care about?’ ” Carolan said.
DeNisco, A. (November 17, 2017). School districts find creative ways to fund pre-K. In District Administration.
“In about a dozen states and the District of Columbia, pre-K is financed through the state’s school funding formula, which means districts are operated as pre-K through 12. ‘It’s tremendously successful—it’s built into the K12 formula and is treated like any other grade,’ says Megan Carolan, director of policy research at the Institute for Child Success, an independent, nonprofit education research organization.”
Wood, Rose. (April 27, 2017; reposted March 13, 2018). Motherhood tips and strategies for being flexible with Megan Carolan. Smart Parent Podcast (formerly, Daily Spark Podcast).
“Carolan, Waters: 4K is a valuable investment for South Carolina.” (April 5, 2015). Op-ed co-written with Joe Waters in The State.
Featured in the New America Foundation’s “Weekly Wonk” magazine in an ask the experts column “Planning for Pre-K Perfection.” (September 19, 2014).
State Funded Preschool Enrollments Take a Dip but Expected to Rise Again. Jacklyn Thrapp. KREX TV Colorado. May 15, 2014.
A new entitlement? The right to Preschool. David Lieb. The Associated Press. February 3, 2014.
“‘At the state level, this is not a cut and dry partisan issue — it’s governors really kind of looking at the data and investing the funds where they know it’s going to do the most.'”
Too small to let fail. Kate Tormey. The Council of State Governments, Midwest. November 2013.
““When you look at brain science, we know that this is the greatest period of brain development,” says Megan Carolan of the National Institute for Early Education Research. “There are something like 700 neurons per second making connections….All kids benefit from pre-K, but low-income kids get even more benefit because they are more likely to fall behind [otherwise]. They go into kindergarten knowing fewer words, which is a tangible and sad way to understand that these kids are really behind the curve….You want to make sure these kids are in a classroom with people who know how to engage them. That predicts high-quality programs and better outcomes.”
Pre-K education gets seat — in political center. Caitlin Emma. PoliticoPro. October 22, 2013.
“Carolan said Clinton brings star power [to pre-K], whether she ultimately runs or not. Candidates in the next presidential election will have to explain where they stand on pre-K, she said.”
Anniston City Council approves $180K for preschool classes. Patrick McCrelless. The Anniston Star (Alabama). October 22, 2013.
“[Pre-K] reduces school retention, helping school districts spend less of their funding to teach the same students again,” Carolan said.
Preschool funding increased in Pa., but dropped nationwide. Julie Mazziotta. The Notebook. May 1, 2013.
“‘The quality standards are more concerning in Pennsylvania,” Carolan said. “The state lost two benchmark standards because they eliminated site visits….We’re pleased that Pennsylvania didn’t cut the quality for good, but we want those benchmarks to come back,’ Carolan said.”
Cuts looms for pre-K programs. Kathleen Moore. The Daily Gazettee. April 29, 2013.
““Research shows, again and again, the earlier children receive quality education, the better….“High-quality is going to cost a little bit more, but that’s how you’re going to get the investment you’re looking for.””
California gets mediocre grade for preschool access and quality. Deepa Fernandes. KPCC Southern California Public Radio. April 29, 2013.
“California’s ranking for access for three-year-olds jumped up – it now ranks 6th in the country – but that’s only because other states did worse, Carolan said. In fact, the state had fewer preschool seats for three-year-olds in 2012 than in 2011. Four out of five of California’s half a million three-year-olds don’t have access to a Head Start program or state preschool.”
- In rural communities, Head Start plays a critical role. (April 16, 2018).
- New resource: Opportunities for Special Education and Early Intervention in Pay for Success. (March 29, 2018).
- Got Milk? Donor Milk Policies to Support Premature Babies. Carolan, M. (November 20, 2017).
- Empty Seats at Circle Time: Taking On Preschool Suspension & Expulsion. (November 13, 2017).
- Grandparents Day and Public Policy: Two Generations, And Beyond! (September 8, 2017)
- What’s ahead for Head Start? (March 1, 2017).
- The Power of a Continuum of Services for Children and Families. (February 13, 2017).
- Thinking Outside the Box on the Crisis of Early Educator Wages. (July 27, 2016).
- Chicago in Context: Considering Pay for Success to Improve Special Education (May 23, 2016).
- Place-based Initiatives. (April 27, 2016).
- State pre-K spending depends on where you live (January 28, 2016).
- Survey: Early childhood teacher compensation is a major issue. (Jan 13, 2016).
- ICS comments on Draft Policy Statement on Family Engagement. (January 4, 2016).
- Pay for Success from the Provider’s Perspective: Webinar Recap (October 16, 2015)
- Fostering academic achievement through the Earned Income Tax Credit (October 12, 2015)
- Lessons learned from global Pay for Success deals (September 8, 2015)
- Child care lessons from Pennsylvania we can all learn from (July 28, 2015)
- Pay for Success takes the Hill (July 23, 2015). Co-written with Joe Waters, Megan Golden, Bryan Boroughs, and Mary Garvey
- “To be well read, children must first be well fed.” (July 15, 2015)
- Leading for excellence in early childhood development (June 22, 2015)
- Risky business: Adverse childhood experiences and pre-K eligibility (May 27, 2015)
- State of Preschool in South Carolina. (May 15, 2015)
- Early Childhood Social Impact Performance Advisors Conference (May 7, 2015). Co-written with Mary Garvey.
- Addressing Inequity in Early Childhood Education. (April 8, 2015).
- Programs of focus in our Pay for Success initiative (Mary 25, 2015).
- Will FY2016 be the year for children? Or deja vu? (February 4, 2015).
- Healthy preschool habits can last a lifetime (January 30, 2015).
- Early education has its day (December 11, 2014).
- Revisiting early childhood teachers, 25 years later. (November 29, 2014).
- “Fadeout” in early childhood: Does the hype match the research? (September 16, 2014).
- The Empire State Leads the Way. (March 18, 2014). Co-written with w. Steven Barnett & Kirsty Clarke Brown.
- New York in a Preschool State of Mind. (January 21, 2014). Co -written with W. Steven Barnett.
- Emergency Preparation in Early Education Programs. (October 29, 2013).
- Switching Lanes: New Roadmap for New York Universal Prekindergarten. (October 24, 2013).
- Highly Qualified Teachers: The Workforce Early Education Needs and Deserves. (June 3, 2013).
- State-Funded Preschool in America in a “State of Emergency”. (April 29, 2013).
- (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know about Pre-K in the Federal Budget. (April 12, 2013). Co-written with W. Steven Barnett.
- Pre-K Goes to Washington. (March 22, 2013).
- Reactions to the President’s Pre-K Speech and Proposal. (February 15, 2013). Co-written with W. Steven Barnett and Jen Fitzgerald.
- Early Education in the State of the Union Spotlight. (February 12, 2013). Co-written with W. Steven Barnett and Jen Fitzgerald.
- Principles for New Federal Early Education Policy Initiatives (February 8, 2013). Co-written with W. Steven Barnett and Jen Fitzgerald.
- The Importance of Having Data; Or What Would Sherlock Holmes Do? (January 8, 2013)
- Preschool for Y’All: How Did Early Education Become a Southern Goal? (November 30, 2012). Co-written with Jim Squires, NIEER Senior Research Fellow.
- Preschool for Y’All: The Rise of Early Education in the South (November 1, 2012). Co-written with Jim Squires, NIEER Senior Research Fellow.
- These Hours Were Made For Learning: State Pre-K Operating Schedules (September 21, 2012). Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald.
- Back to School: Shrinking Kindergarten Days (September 11, 2012). Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald.
- Early Education Stands at Attention (June 29, 2012)
- Learning about Teaching: What We Know about Early Ed Professionals (May 8, 2012). Co-written with Steve Barnett, NIEER director.
- Missed Opportunities: Pre-K Lags for Hispanic Children (April 30, 2012)
- Putting the Spotlight on Young Children: NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (April 23, 2012)
- Widening Gap in Pre-K Access: Haves and Have Nots (April 17, 2012)
- State Support for Head Start Over the Years. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (March 27, 2012)
- Investing for Today and Tomorrow: Early Learning in the Federal FY 2013 Budget Proposal (February 16, 2012)
- Early Education on the International Scene (January 27, 2012)
- Crossing the Finish Line? Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge Winners Announced. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (December 16, 2012)
- Celebrating Children’s Rights. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (November 18, 2011)
- Will the Real UPK Please Stand Up? Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (October 20, 2011)
- Eating Right, Learning Right. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (October 10, 2011)
- Sharing Time: Looking at a Busy Week in Early Education (September 30, 2011)
- All in the Family: Engaging Families in Children’s Early Learning (September 26, 2011)
- The Empty Space on the Carpet: Absenteeism in the Early Years (September 19, 2011)
- Words around the World: Celebrating International Literacy Day (September 6, 2011)
- Human Capital Development: Why Pre-K Needs to be a Capitol Concern (August 5, 2011)
- Pre-K Disparities: What You Get Depends on Where You Live. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (July 20, 2011)
- And They’re Off!: Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Details Announced. Co-written with Jim Squires. (July 7, 2011)
- Resources: State Pre-K on the Chopping Block? (Part 3 of 3-Part Series). Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (June 28, 2011)
- Quality Standards: Gains and Losses in Tough Times (Part 2 of 3-Part Series). Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (June 22, 2011)
- Preschool Access: With Tough Budget Choices Ahead, Will Enrollment Stagnate? (Part 1 of 3-Part Series). Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (June 17, 2011)
- The Bottom Ten: A Closer Look at No-Program States. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (June 6, 2011)
- Winning the Future: Early Learning, Race to the Top, and Federal Funding (May 25, 2011)
- This Memorial Day: A Time to Reflect on the Past … and the Future of Armed Forces. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (May 20, 2011)
- Signs of Decline: Pre-K Trends During the “Great Recession.” Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (May 9, 2011)
- This Week: Thank a Teacher. Co-written with Jen Fitzgerald. (May 4, 2011)
- By the Book: Approaches to Curriculum in State Pre-K Programs. Co-written with Dale Epstein. (June 28, 2010)
- What are State Programs Doing to Engage Pre-K Families? Co-written with Dale Epstein. (June 16, 2010)
- Head Start Data are Total Interesting, We Swear. (January 15, 2014)
- Cities Lead the Charge on Pre-K. (November 21, 2013)
- Problematic Pre-K Data in the U.S. Census, Part 2. (January 10, 2013)
- Problematic Pre-K Data in the U.S. Census, Part 1. (January 11, 2013)